Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Professors These Days

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[1] 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.

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