Value of Higher Education - Fenton
By Brock Fenton on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Re: Is our students learning? by Margaret Wente (referencing the U.S. book “Academically Adrift”), published in the Globe and Mail on June 16, 2011:
Jeffrey Simpson's more recent piece "professors should teach" ... was perhaps more alarming. Most of the generalizations Margaret Wente presents below are just that ... generalizations. I just finished teaching an intersession course ... ended up with 9 students. None of them of the calibre I would see in fall or winter versions of the same course. Before this experience I would have rambled on about the Walmartization of university education ... huge classes, etc. So I learned that in large classes there are more gems.
I still think that large classes (leaving open the definition of "large") are a mistake. Perhaps as big a mistake as having faculty members who do not teach or who wallow in the luxury of reduced teaching loads, leaving their jobs to be done by others.
I would say forget Margaret Wente and focus on Jeffrey Simpson.
Brock Fenton, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, The University of Western Ontario, and 3M National Teaching Fellow.
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