- Hard courses weed out weak students. When students fail it is primarily due to inability, weak preparation, or lack of effort.
- Traditional methods of instruction offer effective ways of teaching content to undergraduates. Modes that pamper students teach less.
- Massive grade inflation is a corruption of standards. Unusually high average grades are the result of faculty giving unjustified grades.
- Students should come to us knowing how to read, write, and do essay and multiple-choice questions.
- Traditional methods of instruction are unbiased and equally fair to a range of diverse students of good ability.
- It is essential that students hand in papers on time and take exams on time. Giving them flexibility and a second chance is pampering the students.
- If we cover more content, the students will learn more content.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor
Several years ago, Craig Nelson wrote a book chapter attacking 'dysfunctional illusions of rigor.' There were seven ideas about rigor which he no longer believed: