This is the sort of tone I am used to taking as “realistic” – or “normal” or “factual” – but it is abusive, and I am still learning that.
In 2011 I am learning to identify certain falsehoods I was taught. I will unlearn them, but first I must identify them, and recognize them as they come up. I will list them here as I think of them.
The tone of this post is: sad. There is of course a grain of truth in all of these fallacies but that is beside the point.
1. Any (not extra, but any) time put into teaching is time wasted as it will not count at best, and will be counted against you at worst.
1a. If you did a good or even just a responsible job teaching, you put too much time into it.
2. It is shameful to make money, to have an interest in doing so, and to spend it.
3. Only if one is as poor as possible – while maintaining an “intellectual” (genteel) image, of course – can one avoid accusations of extreme culpability.
3a. Everything you consume contributes directly to the starvation of your poor, ill mother.
4. You are vicious. We spend our time hoping to weather the next vicious attack from you.
5. You accepted money we felt entitled to and went to college on it.
6. Going to college was too much responsibility for you. In four years you graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from a really demanding school. A person like you has no right to do such things.
7. You cannot publish if you try to use your actual research findings. Instead, you must rephrase traditional views and publish those. If not, you will be out on the street.
8. This is amazing! You know some things and are thoughtful, and you express yourself quite well! Congratulations!