My old and dear friend Gary Dean once said, “College professors don’t make good chess pieces,” He used to tell me… We are in the business of thinking not marching. I must say that old Gary, this iconic figure who looked more like Yoda than the barber next door, was probably right.
College professors like to think. Thinking is what professors do. Therefore, it is futile to think that professors won’t think or that they will obey an order without critically thinking about its motives and consequences.
In the age of the internet, where everything is about a click away, forcing intellectuals to blindly follow a cause, a mission, a movement, anything… will only result in more student anxiety in higher education due to high faculty turnover overtime.
By thew way, students hate when faculty members come and go because they need to learn how the new professor operates.
It is true that the more a peon works, the closer he gets to the king. As a consequence, the king stays longer in power the more the peon works. The challenge when the former logic is applied to higher education is that professors aren’t peons and/or chess pieces.
You can define king whatever way you like…
The best way to lead a group of highly educated people (college professors, for example) is to give them space to think and create. Involving them in decision making is “king.”
College professors don’t make good chess pieces. College professors like to think. Thinking is what professors do.