Some Tuesday morning navel gazing for academics

The Amy Bishop incident prompts The Chronicle to get perspectives on the tenure process and academe from a number of scholars and students.

Even if entering graduate students were accurately briefed about the brutal realities of the academic job market, their aspirations won’t change. Being a tenured professor at a research institution is a great job. Short of abolishing the practice of tenure—and let’s face it, that’s not going to happen—every graduate student will be convinced that he or she will defy the odds and reach the Promised Land. For better or worse, cockeyed optimism is a necessary condition for attending graduate school in the first place.

That one is from Dan Drezner. All the contributions are worth reading. (HT: Renee)