He says both students and professors need to work together in order to keep the true meaning of college, according to him is to nourish a world of intellectual culture. Edmundson states in his essay that students lack intellectual curiosity. He blames the schools by saying colleges in America are using the consumer mentality to increase their enrollment, but this is affecting the quality of education students are receiving. But he also blames the students for not challenging their conventional thought in fear of being invalidated. He then goes on to call those students “not
Authors Benjamin Barber, Deborah Tannen, and Gregory Mantsios all agree that our educational system is flawed. In spite of this, they do not necessarily agree on what the most important issue is with education. Nonetheless, it all boils down to this: our educational system is flawed and it must be examined and re-evaluated by teachers and administration in order to best serve our democratic arrangement; it is necessary that the argumentative culture be disbanded and that we focus on creating opportunities for students to flourish through a civic education. In Deborah Tannen’s article “The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue,” she touches on a few key issues in our educational system. Since
On the other hand, the reason that it has been debated for 20 years now is because academic institutions feel that it deters intellectual discussion in the class environment and it further coddle students. The problem with the trigger warning debate is that there are two prevailing positions that are polar opposites. Both arguments also have their own idea of what constitutes as justice and injustice. The intended audience for this persuasive essay is the faculty and administrative members in universities so they can be affirmed of the few benefits and many dangers of trigger warning policies. However, the audience will be provided with a lens of seeing trigger warnings in a different light.
I would say his essay is weak simply because he would have statements that did not have support like in paragraph 8, Posner was talking how the universities adopted speech and sex codes “because that’s what most students want” he would just leave the statement hanging, without making it clear. Also, I just don’t think his argument got many people 's agreement because he kept saying that These "children" still need to be
Mark Edmundson observes through his years of teaching that students lack intellectual curiosity as a result of the consumer driven society we live in. He argues that colleges now devoted to consumerism to it’s students. “That usually meant creating more comfortable, less challenging environments, places where no one failed, everything was enjoyable, and everyone was nice.” Colleges fulfill the needs of students to be entertained in their classes. Some professors are now putting an effort to make class enjoyable to students. So students would now expect their college classes to be enjoyable, to be a good class according to them.
All throughout the article Jesness describes her personal experience of refusing this “floating standard” then going along with it. The author of “A Test Worth Teaching To” gives an example where a teacher rearranged teaching style and the classroom to solely focus on the students who were closest to being “proficient” (Headden A12). While this may impact those kids that are focused on, the other kids are pushed aside on the back burner. The main reason behind this is that teachers are forced to have their students reach a certain level of success by standards set by the nation and their bosses. The number of tests that students have to take removes their ability to be creative and have an opinion.
“On the Uses of Liberal Education” written by Mark Edmundson offers this notion that the college network is becoming something more of a pay-n-go than an institute of higher education, students are more disconsolate and looking towards the professors for entertainment. It is becoming less about the education and more about filling seats and acquiring money. Parents could be partially blamed for their children who grow to be too scared to stand up or be criticized, they would rather stay quiet and let the professors be their entertainment. “I want some of them to say that they’ve been changed by the course”, this made me realize that this doesn’t happen enough and I agree with Edmundson that it’s somewhat due to imperturbable students since
In the Article “The Year of the Imaginary College Student” Hua Hsu, a teacher at Vassar University does his best to create a case to see if the tension that stems from the fault finding college students say more about those who criticize political correctness more than it does the actual situations revolving around the true state of affairs. He states that the imaginary college student is a character created by critic’s cynicism. An easy target because current students are known as being a selfish, egotistical, and entitled generation also known as the millennial generation. Hsu sites several examples where students were seeking trigger warnings when in reality it is rarely the intention of a student or teacher to say something offensive. He tells of a hidden camera exposé where James O’Keefe a conservative activist tried to trigger a reaction from the students by creating a fake offensive situation in which a copy of the constitution was destroyed.
The essay, The Seven Lesson Schoolteacher, by John Taylor Gatto addresses educational curriculum with a cynical truth that transpires around the United States. His brutal honesty grasps the reader by using common sense and a hint of sarcasm to appeal to humor. The main point of his argument in my perception, states that we must develop children to be critical thinkers and not always agree with authority. By allowing the schooling in a child’s development expecting them to not question an adult’s words does lead to a population that has accepted being dumbed down. Following what has been indicated, a direct quote positions people deprived forever of finding the center of their own special genius (Gatto, part III, pars 3).
In the short story "Hidden Intellectualism" by Gerald Graff, the main idea is to bring acknowledgment to the idea that educators of schools and colleges should incorporate students interest into their teaching. In other words, Graff believes schools and colleges are at fault for not taking the opportunity to use "street smarts" for good academic work (Graff,2010). If Gerald Graff is right about educators needing to incorporate "street smarts" into scholarly works, as I agree, then educators should reevaluate their teaching methods. Students are becoming negligent of gaining knowledge of social interest because it is not encouraged by instructors. Therefore, the only topics students can converse with are related to school work (Graff,2010).
In school we should focus on listening critically to the ideas that are introduced in lectures and form an in-depth connection with the professor and classmates. Bohm explains that we have a hard time communicating because of hurdles, such as a generation gap or an incline of technology. These problems can explain the lack of personal, or intimate, interactions and under these circumstances the ability to communicate is broken down (12-13). We generate arguments as a technique to fight and protect our blocks, the problem is that arguments only consist of talking and no one is willing to listen. Bohm would most likely correspond with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson’s opinion of a social interaction.
People wonder what is so wrong with cheating or plagiarism. As long as they get the work done or pass the course. But do these students know the real consequences of cheating and plagiarism. Viewing different people aspect of this problem, this happens everywhere. In Brent Staples article “Cutting and Pasting: A senior thesis by (Insert Name)”, he is trying to get through to individuals so that they could stop doing this and the consequences.