4 Responses to “the walls are closing in”

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college as a widget factory. right on! something tells me that the people making these decisions are the same ones who care where PC ranks in the top 10 yada yada. only, if you look closely, those schools at the top (at least when it comes to grad schools), they turn out a standard product. you are a “great” school? meaning you have “great” professors. meaning students want to suck up (and regurgitate) what they have to say. so then we have little professor robots marching around. let’s just start instituting syllabi at the preschool level. if you start marching early, you can skip paying for college all together.

katiec said in October 7th, 2008 at 20:53

In the largest sense it is about improvement and i am ALL for that. i am participating now because i need to try and make it about improvement in many, different, creative ways. If we had done things perfectly–even close to perfectly–in the past, i’d say forget this stuff. We desperately need to improve and this offers opportunities for that, but much of what i hear concerns me. Like i say, it is a great challenge.

radicalteacher said in October 7th, 2008 at 21:14

OMG – I wrote almost this exact same message to a friend earlier today when I was feeling frustrated, discouraged, etc. at an online instructor discussion at one of the places I teach as an adjunct about standardizing syllabi and establishing a “lead instructor” practice. Maybe this site will be helpful to me! Thanks.

schan1 said in October 15th, 2008 at 0:57

Ah, schan, we live in interesting times. . .on my worse days i say “maddening” times. As our old ways of doing things in education (i.e., control everything which has ALWAYS been antithetical to learning) die, those most invested will do everything in their power to hang on, desperately. Some day they’ll be swept away, the current is too strong. But in the meantime the rest of us have to hang on to each other. Thanks very much for your comment, i hope there will be more.

radicalteacher said in October 15th, 2008 at 6:38

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