September 28, 2016

Webster learning platform compromised by bad teaching

Students sit in class, they raise their hands, do their homework and try to do well. Not all of them are the brightest or most successful, while others excel. The goal of learning is achieved in two parts: the effort of the students and the coaching of the teacher.

However, when one runs into the teachers that are notorious for being cranky and hard to work with, the 50 percent effort from the students means nothing.

Everyone has stories in which a student has asked a question, only to have the teacher ignore it, get angry or reply with “email it to me and I might address it in class.” Unfortunately, many of these types of professors are at Webster University and it is truly a shame.

Teachers, if you get angry that your students are three minutes late to class, it is time to get your priorities straight.

Yes, there are students who simply do not care and do not take classes seriously. However, your attitude is unfair to the ones who may have been having a rough morning you just do not know about.

Some students will not understand the lesson and ask extra “annoying” questions that may hold up class. Office hours are occasionally a joke, nothing more than a small paragraph on a syllabus accompanying an empty office.

A teacher is not just a noun, it is a verb. To teach means to help, foster and mold people into more intelligent and prepared people. It is funny to see how little that happens at this school.

Throughout one’s years at Webster, there will be a few too many professors who seem to hate their students, their job and their life. If somebody is that miserable, they should probably get a new occupation. Good teachers say they do not do what they do for the money, because there certainly is not much.

They say they do it for the students. If there is no great financial reward and there clearly is no regard for the students, what is the point in the ones who do not practice this idea having the job?

Webster is a prestigious school. It offers many learning opportunities and graduates are known to greatly succeed in post-college life.

However, students have failed classes because they have had no help from their teachers. It is way too easy to get behind when professors lack understanding in special circumstances. A key characteristic of being a teacher is to be more attentive and caring. It is sad to see this lack of behavior at Webster.

The university preaches its learning platforms and global opportunity, but how can this be when students cannot have this at the home campus?

Everyone has bad days, both teachers and students. The answer is simple: if you do not like your job, do not have it.

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