How Did We Wind Up This Way?

Here’s a handmade response to some thinking and discussion among faculty here concerning recent intiatives handed down from various parties, including academic leaders, who have a tendency of passing the buck up the power structure for having to pass the buck down the power structure.   That is, many of the arguments provided for doing this thing or that thing (assessment, program view, quality enhancement) point to mandates from above rather than arguing for what the real value of doing this or that might be.  I’m confident that many folks in public education feel this way.