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Academic Archipelago Meets Bob Dylan

Professor Harvey Shulman up there in the tundra came up with the

following birthday ode to Bobbie Dylan back in 2001. It combines two of the

points from my June Diary, posted yesterday.


Come gather round faculty wherever you teach

And condemn what the universities around you do preach

Or accept it that soon you’ll have no one to reach

Is your integrity worth saving

Then you’d better start speaking or you’ll end up alone

For the times, they are a changing

Come teachers and scholars who never say a word

Open your eyes, look around at the absurd

And speak out now, while others do spin

And there’s no telling who they’ll be blaming

Where the winners claim that they did lose

For the times, they are a changing

Come administrators, board members, heed the call

See beyond your doorway, “tear down the wall”

Our standards are hurt, is there quality at all

The culture war is a raging; power point will not save

Your buildings will fall

For the times, they are a changing

Come mothers and fathers all over this land

Begin to question what you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughter need your hand

Your new role needs to be engaging

Please get out of the old world and take a stand

For the times they are a changing

The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast

Political correctness must not last

Affirmative action will soon be the past

The censors are rapidly fading

The first one now will actually be chosen

For the times, they are a changing

Harvey Shulman

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