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  2. Many people defended aging professors, citing the fact that older faculty aren't necessarily less engaged. A number of commenters mentioned government jobs held by older individuals.
  3. As long as they are mentally competent awhy not?
  4. So you are an ineffective teacher in your 60's? Most people retire at 65.
  5. If 90 year old men can serve in congress and the senate, why should a highly-competent 67 year-old professor be forced to retire?
  6. So, it is ok for the SCOTUS to work as long as they want but no one else?
  7. Ability should be the standard, not age.
  8. Absolutely. They're some of the best influences in life and academia I'll ever know.
  9. Others emphasized the inherent value of change. People were skeptical of the motivation behind a reluctance to retire.
  10. No. There is a time for all of us to move on. We just can't set and rot.
  11. How do you balance the needs of a 60+ working person (who made actually NEED the income still) with the needs of a 20 or 30 something waiting for a job to open up? This one is going to get harder as more and more of us live longer and longer . . .
  12. Read the article. There are, indeed, negative consequences with tenured profs choosing not to retire in their mid-sixties. Fewer adjunct instructors will get the opportunity for promotion to titled professoriates, and this is already at a very small number, esp. in the liberal arts and the social sciences. I worked as an adjunct instructor for many years, and the status of this academic nowhere land is already desperate enough, with lousy pay, few to no health and retirement benefits, and little opportunity for promotion. An adjunct always finds himself/herself dependent on the whim of the department, with the design and the contents of the course by the rule already pre-designed by the department, and beyond his ability to change it. Withering numbers of retiring professors contracts these benefits of adjunctdom even further. But, with professors in general becoming more and more irrelevant to the general public, with few people beyond their peers reading their learned articles and books, which are often written in impenetrable prose of academese, and with their control over their curricula being usurped by administrators who generally have NO IDEA how to run academic departments, I think professors themselves will become generally extinct within twenty years or so at most universities. In short they are too expensive to retain, and can be replaced by adjunct instruictors for one-twentieth their salary, whjo can be hired and fired on demand.
  13. This is an interesting question. On the one hand, some people can be very effective in a profession well into their 70's, but on the other hand, how do you balance those who are not effective and are just "hanging" on for whatever reason? I am thinking some of these people are not retiring for financial reasons.
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