Monday, May 18, 2015

The Teaching Compact

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 15th, 2015

As one of the last cohort of flesh-and-bone tenured teachers of non-STEM courses at the postsecondary level, allow me to express what always ought to have been better understood, in this last light before the machines take over teaching as they have already begun to take over grading. Administrators, we all recognize, have long since been replaced by robots, whose reading is limited to grant applications and teaching evaluations.
I, as the professor, am not primarily interested in assessment. I want you to leave each class, and the course over all, curious, critically aware, and eager to find time to read, to look, and to discuss the subject further — equipped to carry on rather than crowned with credits for your grade-point average.

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