Nope I teach at a university. Without revealing too much I teach a discipline that focuses on logic, critical thinking and and ends in ___osophy. It is an applied class with some theory. Not too much because that doesn't work with the students at my school.
The only ___osophy class I ever took at the university level had very little to do with logic and critical thinking, actually, and was more centered around the abstract and rational vs irrational, reality vs varying perspective, etc.
It's interesting that your institution would offer such a class at the senior level as a requirement when they're about to graduate, practically inviting senior-itis to occur in a class that will by its very nature not interest certain types of students. Putting it at the freshmen level (IMO) would allow for far more interesting discussion and at least engage those who are intrigued and passionate about the ideas of it before the realities of college-life dragging those interests and passions down to the point where they just don't really care and just want to graduate.
You said you've taught freshmen this course. Did that tend to go any better?
thanks for the thoughts and listening to the rants of a grumpy professor
After the frustration of teaching people who should not be in a university has passed, it is fun to try to think about ways to not lose the class.
Chronos your __sophy class would have used logic and critical thinking to address all of those things. (at least I hope it did and that description makes is sound dull enough to put me to sleep, which many ___sophy classes are) but damn this class is not dull. it is [expletive] sexy, fantastic material that is not your boring old metaphysical debates about how many angels can dance on a pin.
Some of this is that these students, many of whom I had as freshman in the intro class many moons ago, have never improved their thinking so that they could hope to do better than the D they earned in the intro class. Now they are overwhelmed in a class that they have no business being in, but they are here and I have to try to coax enough work out of them to justify a C.
I am also frustrated that my institution doesn't really help these students and these students are in a discipline that at my school rewards students for just sitting and taking notes. Many of them are seniors and have never done more than multiple choice tests in their field
I cannot bring up the last part of the rant to others because that indicts the teaching of my colleagues who are prime examples of why tenure should not be given to those who will in the future 'mail it in'
So I need to vent and get out my frustrations so that I don't take it out on my students, most of whom I genuinely like and appreciate.
When does spring training start....l.