Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part essay; part I can be read here. The previous essay dealt with the moral decline of the student body in higher education—one of the motives behind my recent retirement after three decades of teaching college English. When I began teaching, most of the English faculty members, … Continue reading “Leaving the Blight of Higher Education: Part II–Farewell, Faculty”
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. In May of 2020, my wife and I took our retirement after more than 30 years of teaching college, the last 20 years of which we spent at what I will call Upstate Consolation University, a mid-tier state college somewhere in the Northeast. My wife … Continue reading “Leaving the Blight of Higher Education: Part I–Farewell, Students”
Few undergraduates have read more than the topical “edgy” fiction sold by hucksters to middle and high schools.
It is easier to teach drama to students when you have today’s technology at your disposal.
Plato’s parable of the cave has surprising relevance for college education today.
Instructors have to spell out every detail for today’s students, and do some of their thinking for them.
They rely on easily accessible sources and deference to conventional opinion; students should be assigned essays instead.
Many students try to escape doing work by plagiarizing–but their profound ignorance often trips them up.
Tradition depends on memory, but modern culture depends on forgetting.
University faculty are finally noticing that college students don’t read very well, but Neil Postman and Jacques Ellul saw it years ago.