I have four friends that are tenured Profs. One of them recently posted on Facebook his displeasure to see that his school is eliminating a program and as a result two tenured profs have been given a 12 month termination notice. Since I didn't have anything nice to say about his post, I decided to say nothing. Aside from the optics of him complaining about two art history profs being let go, with a year's advanced notice, while a staggering number of much harder working folks in lots of other occupations are out of work with pretty much no notice, no health insurance, etc: I've disliked tenure since I first learned what it is. There is pretty much no occupation comparable to the privileged position of a tenured prof. They can coast on their past achievements for 20 years, no problem. Anyway, I guess I have a couple of questions since this is the OP post. Not sure anyone will even see it buried in this category - doesn't involve Trump or Biden at all! Is my friend's complaint about his school letting two tenured profs go justified? Does tenure ensure academic independence or does it promote academic mediocrity?