Middlewares of an Academic Institution

The education system plays a large role in many peoples lives. It has been around for a very long time and is now one of the necessities of functioning human society. To be privileged in being a part of it requires a certain infrastructure that is constantly functioning. There are a myriad of factors that are a part of the system that make it all work. Without the middleware parts of the teachers and work that is put in to both educate the students and satisfy the higher ups, the education system would collapse.

The bottom layer of the infrastructure is the students and their diligent studying. In any infrastructure, there needs to be work done at the bottom that fuels the rest of the system. This is the foundation of the education system. Without a student’s desire or need for learning, the education system would not exist. The students’ work not only fuels the rest of the infrastructure, but also inspires the rest of the system to keep doing their work.

The middle layer is what holds the system together. It is the work of the staff of the system, which includes the teachers, custodians, and other such staff. Teachers must have a good curriculum and work set for the students so that their brains are worked hard.  Custodians and service workers have to keep the school in top shape so that they are ready for student use.  This middle layer is responsible for making sure that the bottom layers works to its capacity. Only when this happens is the educational system working to its full potential.

The top layer includes two parts. The first includes the people at the top of the board such as the principal and board of education. It checks up on the middle layer, making sure that the teachers are following the school’s protocol, and that the rest of the staff and doing their jobs. The second part of the layer is what results from going through the academic system, which includes a diploma, job, and the relationships you made from going through it. These are the rewards of going through the education system for so many years. The bottom layer of the students’ endeavors most surely would not exist without these fruitful returns.

There are a lot of checks and balances that goes on among the three layers. While the top layer is responsible for making sure the middle layer is doing its job, the reverse can happen also. Teachers can go on strike to oppose the top layer and fight for better treatment. In addition, while the middleware elements of the teachers are supposed to be educating the students, many times the teachers are the ones learning through the sheer experience of teaching. From the students and teachers to the diplomas and careers that they result in, there is a lot that goes on in between.

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2 Responses to Middlewares of an Academic Institution

  1. sharleeism says:

    I would rephrase “so that their brains are worked hard.”

    Also I think you should be more clear about what the top and bottom layers are. If I understand correctly, the top layer is the principal/board and the bottom layer is the students? I don’t see how the relationships/diploma layer fit since each layer seems to be people.

  2. hustonsa says:

    This is an interesting comparison to middleware, but what about all that goes into an Academic institutions outside of the personnel. Like most institutions, an Academic institutions is a bunch of tightly woven webs that include the libraries of information, the library resources as well as all of the programs and software that we use in our curriculums. Funding is another very large aspect of academic institutions, without funding, these institutions would not be able to carry out their day to day tasks.

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