Inside Higher Ed
May 25th, 2015
The world will never be short of “kids these days” essays.
Two recent examples got on my radar: Mark Bauerlein’s lament in the Times and Prof. Keith Parsons’ “Message to My Freshman Students” where he drops some knowledge on the youth today about the difference between a “teacher” and a “professor.”
My personal favorite of the genre is from three years ago, in which the current generation of students were called “unteachable.”
At their core, these essays speak to a disconnect in values between
professor and student. Professors see one thing as important, students
another, and the professors, believing themselves to be the authority
in this particular relationship, seek to drop some knowledge on the
young-uns, usually in the form of a lecture that makes it clear things
used to be better.