You rotten kid!

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/04/miller

Am I wrong to be irritated by the fact that most of the “learned scholars” bashing American students in this article don’t spend any introspective time reflecting on their own teaching methods? Why are we not trying to find ways to engage the disengaged?

Maybe I’m guilty of not reading far enough into the article to identify the strategies the educators are proposing to address this issue. But it seems most of the article spent its words bashing students and the comments posted on the site simply jumped on the bashing band wagon.

Is this generation of learners coming to college at a disadvantage from the effects of “No Child Left Behind?” Do universities expect too much of students (loads of extra curriculars, high standardized test scores) leading to over-scheduled students who’ve been told, their entire educational lives, what the correct answer is and how their meant to deliver it? Could these realities be partially an explanation of American students being ill-prepared to find their own answers in a critical-thinking-based learning environment? will they be ill-equipped to write university-level papers in their first semester?

Answer those questions however you wish, but regardless, American Universities face a challenge to bring these students along or doom them all to service-level occupations for the rest of their lives. When is “teaching” going to cease to be a dirty word at the university level?

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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