The best teachers and professors resemble parental figures: They provide their students with emotional mentorship.

This intelligent, accurate, and clear description of how college classes actually run and what purposes they actually serve has no place in US discourse about higher ed. What we need instead are seven more businessmen who have never spent a day in the classroom pontificating about how they’re going to transform education by making a lot of money for themselves using this hot new online technology and completely disenfranchising teachers. And don’t forget — they’re going to be making these profits from your tax money. The best teachers and professors resemble parental figures: They provide their students with emotional mentorship.. Advertisements Continue reading The best teachers and professors resemble parental figures: They provide their students with emotional mentorship.

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Technology and Higher Ed, Part 2

Summing it up more simply: When I was sixteen I took karate lessons with my friend Marty. Shōrin-ryū at the local Y. The first thing we asked our instructor was, When will we receive training with weapons? (Why did we ask this question? Because we were sixteen.) Our instructor told us that he didn’t train students to use weapons until they were at least a brown belt (one stage before black) because weapons are an extension of our bodies. We can’t learn to use weapons properly until we learn to use our bodies properly. Similarly, technology is an extension of our minds. All … Continue reading Technology and Higher Ed, Part 2

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