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ERIC Number: ED132955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 21
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The Other Crisis.
Sinclair, Phillip A.
Educators have been very aware of the crisis due to student unrest, which in turn is due to political, economic, or racial tensions. Another crisis is at hand: students, like others in our society, have developed a distrust of authority, and consequently of traditional education. Vocational schools are flourishing because they have weeded out the indigestibles and offer immediately useful skills. College teachers must learn to communicate higher education's worth to students. The major problem today in college teaching is boredom; this perception is borne out in a survey of student attitudes. Simple, unexaggerated concern for student welfare would improve the communication lines, as would a sincere effort to create interest. Another technique is for teachers to point out the implications and modern-day importance of the materials discussed in class, and not leave that conceptual leap to the students alone. The four professorial myths to be debunked are that: (1) students are lazy and unintelligent; (2) the holder of the terminal degree automatically becomes a good teacher; (3) teachers must become like students in order to be effective; and (4) knowing the subject well precludes knowing how to teach it. (Author/MSE)
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