OUR READER ‘BAMBALL”S RESPONSE TO THE COURTAULD’S APPALLING MISTREATMENT OF STUDENTS SUFFERING WITH DEPRESSION (FOR MORE ON THIS CLICK HERE):
‘Sorry to hear about all this. You would think that those employed as teachers & advisors at an institution of higher education would be there for the education of others. But it seems they see their association with the Courtauld as something completely different, using the Institute as their patron of sorts, getting steady paycheck while exploring their own individual agendas; putting the student’s needs are low on the priority list. We sometimes hope that the powers-that-be would use reason & empathy to make decisions affecting those they teach and advise, but I have seen enough (as student and teacher) to know that when attacked, ego and pride will go into self-protection mode, and they always protect themselves at the expense of the student. Paraphrasing an American phrase: Circle the wagons, and protect the very existence of the Institute and its teachers and administrators. You’re there for only a few years; they are there for tenure.
What is it about graduate school–I recall I first identified myself as struggling with depression during my master’s degree. Maybe jumping through all the grad school hoops is the true cause of depression? Or is there something about the opaqueness of all the writing, jargon & schmoozing that squeezes out into the open all the underlying fragile transparencies of the soul?
Hope you get this all worked out. You deserve better’
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