Is Anybody Listening?
In “College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening?” David Daniels points out how lecture system affects a large number of college students, making students lack basic skills, general knowledge, and creativity as well. According to Daniels, lecture system, this traditional aspect of education has several inadequacies. But the solution- having smaller class demands “energy, imagination, and commitment from professors,” Daniels indicates. However, they force students to “share responsibility for their own intellectual growth,” even though they can be tiring. Finally, Daniels declares that lectures will never fade out from university because they are “economically necessary,” so “students must learn to listen before they listen to learn.” I found Daniels’ points are exactly what I feel about present educational system. Although students possess higher degrees these days, employers usually feel that owning degree, even doctoral degree, doesn’t mean these graduates have the quality for the job. On the contrary, the administrators often find their employees uncreative, un-ambitious, and arrogant sometimes. These executives with academic degree think that they are intelligent, but, the thing is, their ideas are often boring, dull, and lack innovation. Needlessly to say, such conditions arise from the lecture system. Present lecture system makes more than a hundred students enroll in single course. It is unlikely to have roll call at the beginning of each class, imagine how long is going to take to call at least one hundred names and check if there are any absences or not. Therefore, because professors make roll call infrequently, students skip classes easily. On account of big class, professors hardly know how students perform in class, for students don’t have to join in discussion groups, they need not to express their ideas to their fellow students and instructors. This generates many problems. First, students can only gain knowledge from professor’s...
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