It was a tough ethic to adhere to, a standard of behaviour that asked for seriousness and deference, for generosity and justice, faithfulness to friends and assistance to the young. A virtuous person is reluctant to speak without careful thought. 'When it is difficult to do, how can we be anything other than reluctant to talk about it.' Confucius was realistic about the problems. 'I have still not found anyone who loves virtue as much as beauty'. 'Without rapid speech or good looks it is hard to get anywhere in this generation.'
I teach face-to-face and online. Online learning to a certain extent has become a form of Hollywood edutainment. Frankly, I am tired of it. My online students come trained by other online courses to read text, post once make 2 replies, complete quiz, and done, so not only to have to fight this learned behavior, but I have to struggle with the constant “well, my life is busy; my “learning” should be at my own time, and therefore I should not have to meet your deadlines,” type of mentality. Forget that the instructor, me, also has a life and a family to support. I am supposed to be accomodating at all times, because numbers are so important. Goodness forbid, we ask our graduate students to take personal responsibility for their learning. The students whom I instruct will be classroom teachers, and school personnel. They need to learn to ask questions, they need learn to work together, and then need to apply what they learn beyond a quiz or a test. Yet, all I get is what about my grade, not what about my learning and application which is so critical to work with the special populations I ask them to work with. I feel more connected with my face-to face students; I feel more productive and less of grade giver in my face to face classes. Online learning has been sold as learn what you want when you want, and I can tell exactly which students who will never apply what they learn outside of our online class and which ones will; how sad.
I have been teaching fully online courses at the University of OKlahoma for over 10 years, and I keep my materials online to share with others - - I think it’s important for those of us who have extensive experience with online education to share our experiences with others (esp. if those others have little/no experience with online learning)… for me, the experience has been ALL GOOD - I would never go back to teach in a classroom again. The limited time-space of the classroom is just too constrained for the goals I have as a teacher!
Most nations show no capacity to absorb their youth culture. Not only does the sight of the long coiffure give most premiers, ministers, and cabinet secretaries running and barking fits, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people in the uniform of secession beards, long hair, blue jeans to cross national boundaries. They are harassed with elaborate customs inspections and forced to give proof of their solvency and in some countries, Greece, Morocco, and Algiers for instance, are refused entrance on their appearance alone. are perfectly right; they are the enemy. If there were enough of them national boundaries would disappear instantly.
Does this mean that they are Internationalists and Pacifists, capital I and capital P? Certainly not. Any question like this provokes a false answer. What is happening cannot be explained in terms of ideology. Ideologies are at best schematizations of social reality, never fit the facts, and wear out rapidly like ill-fitting shoes. Suppose Hitler had conquered the world and had totally suppressed all the documents and the very memory of the writings of Marx. Would the industrial process then have failed to produce human self-alienation? Would there no longer be any necessity for the capitalist system to expand regardless of human values or else collapse? Would the ratio of labor power to capital investment and with it the rate of profit stop falling? Would the failure of the economic system to ensure a minimum of life satisfactions for the majority of its members not have resulted in an ever-increasing demand for a fundamental change in the quality of life? Do all these things depend upon familiarity with a four-foot shelf of books full of errors and failed prophecies? Revolutionary consciousness is not the product of courses in the ABC of Marxism. It is a kind of natural secretion of the hopeless contradictions of modern society and it is most doubtful if Marx would have recognized it in fact he notoriously was as intolerant as any country pastor in Ibsen of the mild bohemianism of his own children.
was born in 712 at Shao-ling near Ch'ang-an. Like Wang Wei and Li Po his early talents were recognised but he nevertheless failed the Civil Service examinations in 735. He was to take them for a second time later in life but was failed along with all the other candidates for reasons outside his control. His first failure has been put down to a lack of aptitude for the more practical economic and political questions, or the possibility that his style and content was too 'advanced' for the examiners. It may simply have been errors in preparation, nervousness, over-confidence, or any of the other ways in which good students fail examinations they are expected to pass. Or that, despite what lovers of his poetry feel, he was simply not able enough.
I’d be happy to participate and maybe answer two important questions that went unanswered in the piece that Fred Miller mentioned. First, why there’s a cyber school located in the small Western Pennsylvania town of Midland. Second why there are 30,000 full time students enrolled in online cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania. Find out why and you’ll understand so much more about this shift in public education. By the way, isn’t this entire discussion proof that online learning works and can play a role in education. The comments here are generally well thought out (one exception) and the moderator is doing a good job of encouraging the exchange of ideas using a sort of online Socratic method. Online education is a game changer whether you like it or not. The fact that those opposed view this as a threat is a good thing. Their comfort zones have been unchallenged for too long. Today you better up your game or be ready to be replaced with a new model that is user focused and not status quo driven. Jeff, hope you organize the chat.
Edwards v. California University of Pennsylvania, 156 F.3d 488 (3rd Cir. 1998), cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1143 (1999): Dilawar M. Edwards, a tenured professor in media studies, sued the administration for violating his right to free speech by restricting his choice of classroom materials in an educational media course. The classroom materials emphasized the issues of "bias, censorship, religion and humanism." The department had voted to use an earlier version of the syllabus for the introductory course. Thus, Edwards was teaching from a non-approved syllabus. The court declined to review the case under the standard of whether the professor's course content was "reasonably related to a legitimate educational interest" because "a public university professor does not have a First Amendment right to decide what will be taught in the classroom." The fact that Edwards' departmental colleagues approved a syllabus that Edwards declined to use seems to have contributed to the court's deference to the academic decision of the institution. Poskanzer, THE FACULTY at 89 (observing that "at some level the decision reflects deference to (collective) academic judgment," but that such "a consensus is always easier to obtain in opposition to unpopular or unconventional ideas").
So the Republican rebirth in the November election was a kind of youth revolt . . . a revolt of aging youth who are entering income brackets they never knew existed until they got their tax forms. Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, the winners were all presented as idealized junior executive types. Where this was impossible, as in the case of Reagan, who is about as old as I am, liberal applications of pancake makeup, Man-Tan, mascara, hair dye, pep pills, and the experience of a lifetime playing good cowboys produced a reasonable facsimile thereof, if not youth itself. Reagans opponent, Pat Brown, looked old and tired and vulgar in his cradle.
You keep bringing up the downfall of not seeing your students. As having an experience in both a traditional school setting and a cyber school, I don’t see a downfall. Yes I may not see my students or know what they look like, but in a traditional school setting do I actually KNOW my students? There were the select few that I felt I got to know and others who were complete strangers, but I could point them out in the grocery store. In my class now, no I couldn’t point my students out in a grocery store. However, I could tell you their interests, favorite colors, hobbies, etc. You get to know your students on a different level, enough that you can notice a difference in your student if something is wrong and bring it to the attention of others. You are still able to develop that connection with the student, as stated in the video, we just need to work that much harder to establish it.
Also, in assigning projects and allowing my students to embrace their creativity I have actually been able to ’see’ some of my students. They have created videos for their projects involving themselves and friends. Others have taken pictures with projects that they have created and sent those to me. With PSSA’s approaching as a cyber school we travel to the sites and I will get to meet students there as well.
In my personal opinion, it does not matter to me if I see my students or not. What really matters to me is that my students feel comfortable enough in my classroom to share their thoughts and opinions about classroom material, as well as personal experiences.
The great difference between Europe and America is on the other side, amongst the old whisky drinkers, as American youth now call them. Europe lies under a dictatorship of the aged. Willy Brandt, Günter Grass, Harold Wilson, these are professional young men grown old. Who represents youth in France? A mummified boy adventurer from the Chinese and Spanish Revolutions, a kind of political Jean Cocteau . . . really a horrifying vision. A politician like Kiesinger, who has been as carefully manufactured as a TV image as ever was Nixon, Kennedy, and Reagan, to whom is he manufactured to appeal to? The young? Indeed not. People all over recently were crying about the comeback of Nazism in the provincial elections. Kiesinger has been constructed to appeal to the stay put, not the come back. His publicity image is that of a kind of Talleyrand or Abbé Sieyès of a half-century of lost revolutions, wholesale betrayals, and genocide on all hands. His appeal is aimed at a target distinguishable by the same gleam of silver hair as his own head.