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But the modest but brilliant proposal at its heart may be found in these key paragraphs: And in my tenure as a teacher at three different colleges, the actual problems in educating our young people and older students have deepened, while the number of people hired — not to teach but to hold meetings to solve problems — has increased significantly.
Every new problem creates a new job for an administrative fixer.
Take our Center for Teaching Excellence: Contrary to its title, the center is a clearing house for using technology in classrooms and in online courses.
I offer a simple hypothesis in response: Many of our problems — retention, class attendance, educational success, student happiness and well-being, faculty morale — might be ameliorated by ratcheting down the bureaucratic mechanisms and meetings and hiring an army of good teachers.
If we replaced half of our administrative staff with classroom teachers, we might actually get a majority of our classes back to 20 or fewer students per teacher.
This would be an environment in which teachers and students actually knew each other. The teachers in this experiment must be free to teach in their own way — the curriculum should be generic enough so that they can use their individual talents to achieve the goals of the course.
Additionally, they should be allowed to teach, and be rewarded for doing it well. Just one college should cut its administrative staff in half and hire an army of good teachers and see what 10 years of such an experiment might yield.
The teachers are available — the so-called business model of education has been a disaster and has left us with more qualified teachers than jobs.
It is time to see what serious, hard-core teaching can do for a college — and its students. What a great idea!The proposal presented by Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal" There is a lady standing by The thought that comes to Strephon's mind when he smells a foul odor.
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