What Ails College Teaching?
Last Friday, the Pope Center hosted a roundtable conference that brought together a baker’s dozen of academics from an assortment of disciplines and backgrounds. One of the main topics of discussion was the problem of improving college teaching. Peter Wood, who participated, writes about it here.
Sadly, relatively few colleges and universities really strive to ensure excellent undergraduate teaching — a weakness that stems from the fact that, as Thomas Sowell puts it, American education is dominated by the interests of the producers, not the interests of the consumers. Perhaps the constantly increasing cost of higher education, combined with the slowly spreading realization that just getting a degree doesn’t necessarily mean that you have any valuable skills, will change that situation.