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Bad Students or Bad Teachers?

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.

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  1. alexgadd

    On March 10, 2011 at 6:26 am


    Very true article, thank you for sharing.

  2. cyrenjan

    On March 10, 2011 at 6:43 am


    This is true but often times the values of the students starts from home and it is aomething that teachers cannot teach just like parents do.

  3. Edsss

    On March 10, 2011 at 6:47 am


    There are bad teachers if there are bad students…

  4. megamatt09

    On March 10, 2011 at 7:44 am


    Both sides need to work together. Because if one fades a little bit than there is not too much the other can do. Thank you for sharing.

  5. anndavey650

    On March 10, 2011 at 7:52 am


    Yes good points. Bad teachers or more importantly lazy teachers could wreck your future chances of a decent job. For the most part though… many teachers deserve good pat on the back for an excellent job… it isn’t an easy job.

  6. CHIPMUNK

    On March 10, 2011 at 7:54 am


    It depends on students

  7. fagina

    On March 10, 2011 at 8:16 am


    You have thrown light to some very good points. A good teacher certainly is a guiding star in a student’s life and as annadavey said bad teachers could ruin a student’s future.

  8. UncleSammy

    On March 10, 2011 at 8:31 am


    Nice share

  9. magus magus

    On March 10, 2011 at 8:41 am


    good post

  10. galore

    On March 10, 2011 at 9:00 am


    teacher is very important part of students life, one can make or break students whole carrier, if we have a good teacher bad students can become good, unfortunatly vise-versa is not true, great sharing, Thanks……

  11. LadyElena

    On March 10, 2011 at 9:14 am


    Interesting Artice. I enjoy teaching and think people who teach should go into the profession because they enjoy it.

    It’s a career people should do from the heart as they are making a great impact on many lives.

    Hope you graduate with flying colours. :)

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  13. John Paul V

    On March 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm


    Thanks for sharing!

  14. rjlowney

    On March 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm


    Very insightful, finding the right school can make a huge difference.

  15. Noisy Cricket

    On March 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm


    Great advice, because it can go either way. When I was teaching, I found that a lot of my students had learning disabilities and the system just pushed them through. A lot of them turned out to be really good students who just needed a little extra. Some teachers can give extra, some barely can tolerate normal. Some students have extra, some refuse to give at all. That’s how it is sometimes.

  16. Xandine

    On March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm


    Great article on a good subject. Interesting read. :-)

  17. serowa

    On March 11, 2011 at 2:07 am


    I have had different experinces with teachers and professors. There are some that encourage critical thinking (very rare) while majority are more interested in finishing the course work.
    I must have made their life difficult (from the norm) because I asked a lot of questions and sometimes challenged certain theories.

    I did my masters degree in the USA and the experience was so different from my previous experience in a college outside the USA. I found students were happy just having a lecture and just wanted to finish regardless of what they had learnt. I was also surprised to find that even in graduate school they have mutiple choice question for exams.

  18. samgoldencoffee

    On March 11, 2011 at 2:27 am


    interesting post.
    i enjoyed reading it.

  19. maxiii

    On March 11, 2011 at 10:59 am


    Thanks for sharing

  20. DrStalloneMD

    On March 11, 2011 at 11:27 am


    I think it takes two to tango.

  21. FX777222999

    On March 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm


    These are b… teachers and students too. But, it is the responsibility of teachers to teach their students. Nice

  22. CA Johnson

    On March 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm


    I think that is a great idea to rate teachers. I have had some bad teachers and it really does make a difference. It is important to get a good education and the right teachers can make a difference.

  23. Francois Hagnere

    On March 14, 2011 at 6:38 am


    A great discussion. There are bad teachers indeed! thank you.

  24. mattezane

    On March 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm


    Ultimately, a student will get whatever they want out of the class. If they’re just there to get the A and they can do that easily because the teacher’s standards are too low, then that’s entirely in their power. But a college education isn’t cheap, and one should really feel the responsibility to learn something while they have the opportunity, and let the good grades come as an auxiliary result. As far as bad teachers go, my only experiences with bad teachers have been ones who are inconsistent. I don’t care if their methods are strange; at least give me a model to adjust to.

  25. Val Mills

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:46 am


    This is an excellent article. I am a primary teacher in New Zealand, probably called grade school where you are. Dumbing down and easy grades are becoming less acceptable in this country at college and tertiary institutions. Well done.

  26. daffodil

    On March 17, 2011 at 3:56 am


    Your title provokes an interesting debate – whilst a lot of faulty teaching can be due to the teacher, you have to look at the other side of the argument – if student don’t want to learn, they’re disrupting it for everyone else.

  27. Dreamy777

    On March 20, 2011 at 4:33 am


    Interesting article great information

  28. Inna Tysoe

    On March 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm


    I suppose. But in my experience there is really no such thing as the perfect university and education (like most things in life) are what you make of them. To have a good educational experience also requires work on the student’s part.

  29. DAN MCHARDY

    On April 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm


    In my opinion the school system is a load of bull… I mean you’re expected to sit there in front of someone you hate, and listen to them preach to you something they have not a clue about themselves!

    Also it’s so boring that students don’t want to learn, and if they don’t want to learn they probably won’t! I can bet that if students in the future grow up with a different schooling system, we can expect greatness for them!

    Another thing to add is that we might be able to expect school to open a bit later in the day, rather than at the break of dawn… I mean teenagers are supposed to naturally go to bed later, and wake up later too! So having school start early is a ton of bull…

    Something else I wish to stress is how schools teach you only how to be an employee! They never give you the skills necessary to be a business owner or anything, and that’s why the world is in trouble! There aren’t enough jobs, because there aren’t enough business owners to employ everyone!

    What do you think?

  30. neopisiva

    On April 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm


    This is a very good observation,I would recommend this article to everyone to read it.

  31. Taylorjc16

    On June 25, 2011 at 9:50 am


    Great post! Even though I recently started on Triond, and you probably can’t tell from only five articles so far, college is my favorite topic. I teach Spanish at a university in my area. Two of my five articles are related to college so far. I started on Triond because I haven’t been teaching for the past few weeks. I am going to start getting busy again because I have a summer class coming up, and plus I have another full-time job on top of that. I am only saying this because I won’t have much time to be writing, but I enjoy it. Your article has sparked my interest. I would like to read more!

  32. yes me

    On August 4, 2011 at 10:08 am


    A good share here cheers

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