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Why would anyone say that university professors don't live in the real world?

I have seen this several times. It irks me. Is the world that college professors live in any less real than the one everyone else does? Most of them have a Ph.D. That doesn't happen overnight, and it sure as hell doesn't get handed to you. Many of my professors had distinguished careers, and were either retired or only on the faculty as adjunct professors. Some of my distinguished professors were a: judge, police officer, prosecutor, FBI agent (retired), budget analyst for the CRS, anthropologist with 20 years of field work all over the world, foreign service officer (retired)... the list goes on and on! On the side, these people did things like go on diplomatic missions to Israel and Palestine, or fight FGM in Africa. I think that my professors lived more in the real world than most of us who spend time debating these things on Y!A. Can we give them a little more respect? Not at all, Aggiegirl... Actually, I am thinking that people who make these comments have never been to college, or they would be aware of the outstanding credentials required to teach at a university. I am not justifying to myself, I KNOW these people are brilliant! *** And, great professors don't indoctrinate you, they teach you to think critically. My opinion wasn't always the same as my professors' either, but I found it all the more stimulating just for that reason. They worked for government because I took government classes. I just don't see how being a police officer could remove someone from reality any more than being a doctor or a business owner... they still have mortgages and car payments like the rest of us.

Asked By: lei - 6/14/2007
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It could be a back-handed compliment...or a complaint to unrelenting authority... More
Answered By: James - 6/14/2007
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if someone's saying something that disagrees with you... and they clearly have an education... More
Answered By: g - 6/14/2007
 
College professors are tolerant, hard working and intelligenct people. Some people hate them because they're liberal. My professors were broad-minded and welcomed new ideas and diverse opinions.
Answered By: Vanilla Face - 6/14/2007
 
Those who have spent their entire careers in academia clearly show it. Those who have worked in the "real world" know that theories are just that - theories. And they can take their real world experiences and place the theories in correct context. Many things in the "real world" are different than academic theories... More
Answered By: dapixelator - 6/14/2007
 
Ummmmm....exactly WHY are you on here trying to justify to us (yourself?) the credentials of your college professors? My guess is that you are inwardly beginning to question some of what they taught you. It's called "cognitive dissonance".
Answered By: Aggiegirl - 6/14/2007
 
I don't mean to be rude but most professors, my father in-law is one, with a PHD in engineering, are liberal one trick ponies, who are very good at one or two things but aren't really very good at fitting in with everyday people.
Answered By: Bruce L - 6/14/2007
 
One thing I noticed about all those various careers of your professors. Almost all were gov't jobs. Don't you find that interesting? Most people in the real world don't work for government... More
Answered By: Laissez-Faire Guy - 6/14/2007
 
when they teach business they teach by the book when in fact it is not like that at all they forget to mention all of the bribing, scheming, and payoffs as well as many other things associated with owning and operating a big business but professors do teach the basics very well... More
Answered By: slaveofallah82 - 6/14/2007
 
B/c some college professors only surround themselves with people that think just like they do. So they get some false sense that they are right and the opposition is wrong. Some professors are very smart and not so biased, but many are just so utterly full of themselves. They come up with hypothesis and conlcusions... More
Answered By: Tony - 6/14/2007
 
Clearly, you had many distinguished professors that had lived in the real world and brought something to the table... More
Answered By: John T - 6/14/2007
 
As a college professor who has also worked in the real world, let me explain. Many of my colleagues support ideals that are not workable in the real world, yet they want to impose these ideals on working people. Working people take offense at that, because they know that these professors have never had to make a... More
Answered By: skip742 - 6/14/2007
 
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