As long as the school system exists, there will be people who hate it and people who love it. How can we distinguish the right and wrong way to teach? Although we consistently try to improve there is always at least one person who fails as either student or teacher. Well, here is just one piece of the puzzle – my experience.
They say the college years can be the best years of your life. They say it is filled with freedom and independence. Lately there has been news of the easy A schools, the ones who pass students who don’t do well because they want to make the school look good. If students are failing at one school, it puts pressure on professors because people naturally blame them. Instead of risking such a bad reputation, some professors would rather mold their grades for the benefit of the students’ lives. So there is an increasing amount of party schools where students are known for not studying all day.
That’s not the case if you go to a school like mine. Here, students are expected to study all day every day, somehow managing to fit in a sport or a few club activities. However, such a school still does not escape the ethical problems that professors face. Students who are in sports teams every day obviously don’t have as much time to study as their classmates, so they are known for getting a little extra help from professors, sometimes a bit more leniency when it comes to getting the work done. Also, students tend to dumb themselves down so that professors expect less out of the general population of students. This takes a toll on those who truly want to learn something from the thousands of dollars they spend for their degree.
College degrees are becoming more and more a norm of life in America. But does that mean people are getting smarter? Definitely not. It just means people are spending more and more money to become socialized into an educational system that teaches students to learn from authorities rather than think for themselves. We all know that teachers claim to help students think critically, but this is rarely done unless you are a philosophy major or something. We can’t really blame professors. They are human, too. Half the time their main job is research rather than teaching, so they are obviously not going to be good at teaching. In the end it depends on the school you go to. You want to make sure you will find a classroom setting that suits you. If you want to be an independent thinker, maybe a small college is not good for you. If you thrive on support from your classmates and your professors, a big college setting may not be the best choice.
It takes time for institutions to change, so we have to do our best to get through the situations we have found ourselves in. If you are finding that you have bad teachers, it is important to understand that maybe some people are benefiting from their methods. Once you find out what teachers don’t exactly suit you, do your best to find the ones who will. Ratemyprofessors.com is a website where you can find ratings and comments about any professor from students with first hand experience in their classes. You should add your own comments as well if you have had good or bad experiences with a professor, because it could come in handy for another student one day.