Sunday, June 1, 2014

Which is the Bigger Problem, Ignorance or Apathy?

There is a famous joke that goes, "Which is the Bigger Problem, Ignorance or Apathy"

To which I reply, "I don't know and I don't care."

I just read this piece on the www,
"The bad news, in Mr. Busteed’s view, based on Gallup’s findings, is that colleges have failed on most of those measures. For example, while 63 percent of respondents said they had encountered professors who got them fired up about a subject, only 32 percent said they had worked on a long-term project, 27 percent had had professors who cared about them, and 22 percent had found mentors who encouraged them."

Which makes me think, how sad that only about 1/4 of all surveyed college students found profs who cared about them.  Of course this suggests that the majority of students never encountered even one caring prof in 4+ years.

Even fewer found one encouraging prof in 4+ years.

Can this be correct? Surely these students are failing to recognize caring and encouragement.

Really?  Is that possible?

Whereas it is hard to accept this dismal report of failure by me and my colleagues, it is likewise hard to imagine that students fail to recognize these qualities.  In fact, it could be argued that the student's perceptions, in truth, define the reality.  That is, if they didn't feel cared for and encouraged, then they weren't.

Sad.  Sad indeed.

But how about your customers?  Do they perceive you as caring and encouraging?

Now, what should we do about it?

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