The one challenge in higher ed is the increasing pressure for faculty to
"publish or perish," creating a culture emphasizing publication in
obscure journals that few people read and often add little to student learning
and/or society's well-being. Given that public higher ed is
supported by tax dollars, high ed MUST contribute to society's well-being
in terms of creating economic opportunities or solving key problems. Too often,
faculty focus only on "impressing their peers" with exoteric research
where they cite one another to believe their work has impact but has little
practical value among tax payers or society. This must change.
As a physics, chemistry and math teacher for 20+ years, I developed a
computerized tutoring program for my students who were too busy to come to
class. It provided a different version of every assignment and every test to
significantly reduce copying other students' work. It included a large data
base of tutorial comments that experienced teachers would offer to students who
often made the same old anticipated standard mistakes, to help them learn from
their mistakes, Athletes and other absentees were encouraged to make up work and
missed exams in order to keep up with the curriculum. Until my principal
told me that I couldn't give all of my students "A" grades, that I
must give just as many "F"s. I offered to teach and test my students and
that he could pass out the "F"s. He quit and moved north, I was
dismissed with a letter of recommendation, and a $100,000 settlement. I was
thankful for not being accused of Insubordination.I would like to share
the fact that I had reclaimed all of the most difficult students, and many
continue writing on FaceBook today. WITH CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY OUR STUDENTS
CAN DO BOTH: WORK AND PLAY.
I would agree with the innovative part, and even collaborative, but efficient it
is not. If it were efficient, it would not be on the same hyper inflationary
trajectory that medicine in on, out passing inflation by quantum leaps.
Higher education needs to reflect the reality of the current world, not the one
of 200 years ago. Educations, from pre-k, through to the highest post graduate
degrees, needs to be re-invisioned to match the world we now live, which is fast
paced, nimble, adaptive, multi-disciplinary, and global in footprint.
You need to be in a safe room because you don't want to hear what I have to