28.10.15

IT'S THE DISTRESSED MATERIAL.

Here's Slate's Rebecca Schuman, with a simpler answer to the national coalition in favor of campus censorship.
The problem isn’t Yik Yak. The problem is that too many students are treating college like high school.
What. She. Said.
Building responses to cyberabuse into course design is becoming an abject necessity, and it’s profoundly depressing. Having to plan one’s classes around potential disciplinary issues presupposes an adversarial relationship between instructor and student that is not supposed to exist in college, where students presumably want to be there. And that’s just the thing: In today’s extortionately priced, increasingly vocational university, we find thousands of students who view its courses as purely transactional. They don’t, in fact, want to be there.
Nor should they be there.
The solution to the upward creep of abhorrent, immature behavior into college isn’t to ban some stupid app. Nor is the solution to hire thousands more student-services administrators to act as de facto vice principals, or to demean further the status and purpose of higher education with curriculum design that might even encourage misbehavior by planting the idea in the students’ heads in the first place. No, the solution is to stop requiring a bachelor’s degree to be an office assistant, or a paralegal, or any number of professions that up until recently could be staffed—successfully—by the holder of an associate’s degree or high-school diploma.
A consummation devoutly to be wished.

1 comment:

David Foster said...

Way back in 1969, Peter Drucker said he would support a law to make it illegal to ask job applicants about their college degree or lack of same...not sure whether he was serious, but definitely credentialism has gotten out of control