This post was written by an ANU colleague, in their mid 40’s, who would prefer to remain anonymous – for good reason.
The post articulates the inter-generational resentment brewing inside our universities. It expresses sentiments I have heard often from my peers in their 30’s and 40’s in the tea rooms of academia. Rarely however, does this resentment find its way into the public sphere where it can be discussed and debated.
You may disagree with this post – or violently agree with it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think in the comments.
The University where I currently work has recognised an age imbalance in its workforce, which is skewed towards those over 55. It is now taking active steps to rebalance – including encouraging retirement of aging academics at one end and entry of fresh new talent at the other.
Some may scream about ageism – but…
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