Seth Roberts recently reflected on the New York Times article The Future of Reading | A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like with his own piece entitled Student Power.Â Seth delivers his own constructive criticism regarding the American higher education system (emphasis his):
1.Â Students in a class are treated all alike. Theyâ€™re not. All hear the same lecture, read the same texts, do the same homework assignments, take the same tests. I came to realize that my students differed greatly in their talents and career goals.
2.Â Professors teach how to be professors. Most students donâ€™t want to be professors…â€œTeaching students to thinkâ€ was a common way to describe teaching students how to be professors.
Seth concludes by stating:
Giving students more power over what they learn solves, or at least reduces, both problems.
I’d add that one of the failures of the education system as a whole is that there is too much time, energy and money spent on forcing assignments and material on stubborn students.Â “Student power” is a strategy to smooth these inefficiencies, assuming the students learning willingly.