Friday, November 13, 2015

A Test for Professors (by anon)

Different restaurants are required to go through checks to make sure they’re up to par with health requirements.  They either pass, or they get shut down and aren’t able to serve the public any longer. Why don’t we make our professors go through test to see if they are up to par?
I believe that if a professor gets so many complaints or is constantly being brought up in a negative manner that they should be tested……Let me explain why I make such accusations.  I’ve been in college for two years and have experienced all types of professors.  The professor who is miserable and doesn’t really want to be there.  Their class consist of monotone lectures, and mass amounts of homework.  Then you have the professor who explains the least amount possible and answers your questions with questions, which leaves you more confused than before.  Then on the other hand you have the professors who are so passionate about their lessons that you are actually interested in what you’re learning.  Now I ask you this, which class will you want to attend every day?  
I am a waitress at a restaurant and we have what they call secret diners.  Our company will pay people to come through, and rate their dining experience.  This is simply a restaurant, a place you’re going to have a meal.  Compare that to a class that you are paying for….Where are our secret students?  Obviously if you tell a professor that they are getting bad feedback and someone will be put in their classroom to watch them, what do you think the professor will do now? Yeah, act like they want to be there.
I’m not saying that we should fire these people.  I’m simply saying that, maybe they need to be reminded why they wanted to teach in the first place.  ☺

1 comment:

  1. It's true many professors are not very effective teachers. With that said, I think the concept of a "secret student" is not realistic since the evaluator should ideally be a real student attempting to learn the material for the first time. A secret student would not be likely to inhabit the perspective of a real student, the one with the most relevant evaluative stance. I don't know how much we can realistically demand from professors in the way of better teaching when most “students" choose not to behave as students. Just as professors are to somewhat guide and assist one's understanding of things, students have the task of learning, which is an activity of seeking-out understanding (i.e., doing at least SOME thinking on their own). Students will make use of their resources (library, peers, etc.) when they don’t get everything they need from lectures and professors. From my experience in college, It's no doubt shitty that a lot of professors’ lessons turn out to seem inaccessible, boring, and even meaningless - but to some degree, students must be responsible for assigning some meaning to their work in a given class, and continuing active participation, regardless of how enthusiastic or passionate a professor might be (or not be).