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I can relate to the sentiment expressed in the tweet above. Part of my work requires me to operate as an adjunct — or an associate in Singapore’s context — in local education institutes.

Not only is there little respect for experienced university adjuncts, some quarters even show disdain. This happens despite the fact that adjuncts perform tasks that full time lecturers, instructors, or professors cannot do or prefer not to perform. 

As an adjunct, I have even designed and developed entire modules and courses, evaluated the same, assisted in audits, etc. Adjuncts with professional teaching qualifications and meaningful experience anywhere else would be treated as specialists.

But it seems like adjuncts have become another administrative strategy for cost-cutting and downsizing. We often get a modicum of respect and a dash of disdain.

Ah, Sesame Street. It not only teaches kids the ABCs and the 123s, it also focuses on values.

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The most recent efforts were tie ups with two major TV series under the same HBO umbrella as Sesame StreetGame of Thrones and Westworld.

Those are not the sort of shows that kids watch, but they are part of the cultural zeitgeist that influences what kids know or make reference to.

Game of Thrones and Westworld are what their parents might watch and so the effort might be targetted at adults too. After all, it is never too late to learn more about how respect brings us together.


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