Sunday Share: Missing from Academia

As I prepare to go back to school, consider ideas for my thesis, and develop lesson plans for the course I am TAing, I’m inevitably considering the world of academia. Not that long ago, if you’d have told me I would aspire towards a career in academia, I would have laughed in your face. Now, I’m pretty fucking excited.

That’s not to say there aren’t things I want to change. Indeed, there are so many things I want to change.

That brings me to this week’s Sunday Share. What do you wish was different in our higher education system? What topics would you like to see enter the realm of academia?

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I’ll go first.

I wish our higher ed system put more emphasis on exploration and research at the lower levels. I feel like I spent too much of my undergraduate career regurgitating information, and now I’m expected to suddenly do independent research.

I wish their was more acceptance for diversity. As a TA, I’ll make sure to ask my students what names and gender pronouns they prefer, and then address them as they wish to be addressed. I want to foster an atmosphere of respect for everyone, whoever they are.

I wish there was more research on health issues, especially as they relate to transgendered people and, to a lesser extent, women. I think the health field is doing a better job at researching women’s issues or with female subjects, but that there is still a long way to come. Additionally, I wish “pop culture” was considered a more respectable area of study in Women’s Studies, Sociology, and the like.

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