Pushing back on mediocre professors

Here's Seth's latest and complete post, and its got to do with people like me. Point taken, Seth. By the way, I couldn't agree more.

'College costs a fortune. It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money.

When a professor assigns you to send a blogger a list of vague and inane interview questions ("1. How did you get started in this field? 2. What type of training (education) does this field require? 3. What do you like best about your job? 4. what do you like least about your job?") I think you have an obligation to say, "Sir, I'm going to be in debt for ten years because of this degree. Perhaps you could give us an assignment that actually pushes us to solve interesting problems, overcome our fear or learn something that I could learn in no other way..."

When a professor spends hours in class going over concepts that are clearly covered in the textbook, I think you have an obligation to repeat the part about the debt and say, "perhaps you could assign this as homework and we could have an actual conversation in class..."

When you discover that one class after another has so many people in a giant room watching a tenured professor far far in the distance, perhaps you could mention the debt part to the dean and ask if the class could be on video so you could spend your money on interactions that actually changed your life.

The vast majority of email I get from college students is filled with disgust, disdain and frustration at how backwards the system is. Professors who neither read nor write blogs or current books in their field. Professors who rely on marketing textbooks that are advertising-based, despite the fact that virtually no professional marketers build their careers solely around advertising any longer. And most of all, about professors who treat new ideas or innovative ways of teaching with contempt.

"This is costing me a fortune, prof! Push us! Push yourself!"'

Comments

nikhil said…
agree that 90% proff. are waste.
but 10% proff. who are really knowlegable take highest salary among others that's why good colleges and prof. are costly and put us in debt.

but without these 10% prof. student can save 50% of their fees but they will loose 100% time and money.
Tiger said…
Was thinking about you sir when I read this post. Yes Keep pushing and push yourself.

Thank you for making classes interesting.
Prof.Ray Titus said…
Nikhil,

Glad to have you in my class. :)

Cheers.

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