Jobsworth University


At Jobsworth University we train
students to follow marking rubric schemes:
churning assignments out just like machines
requires little engagement of the brain.
We worry that they wouldn’t stand the strain
of rigorous academic regimes –
simply they regurgitate subject themes
without need of memory to retain.
Once we looked for originality,
now we reward mere checklist compliance,
favoring conforming banality,
no room for intellectual defiance.
I long for days of deep philosophy
where learning is more than commodity.

A Miltonic sonnet lamenting the state of higher education.


2 thoughts on “Jobsworth University

  1. Your elegy for education reviews the devalued currency of academia in a counterfeit world. It employs rich humor and sterling wordplay to further reward the reader. Greatly enjoyed thank you.

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