LSU biology professor who normally teaches junior, senior and graduate level level biology classes asks to help out and gets assigned a introductory course for non-biology majors. She gives quizzes at the beginning of class, multiple choice questions have 10 choices and 90% of the students were failing or had quit the class after the first test.
I’m actually interested in this and I’m wondering if the professor had a thick accent, was too strict and/or the university over-reacted by removing a professor from the class. I thought it was a really odd move by a university administration. In her defense students realized that they had to read the material, form study groups, and show up for class. The 2nd test actually had better scores but she was removed just after it had been given. The university also jacked up everyone’s grade that stayed in the class.
My own experience with 2 different teachers:
Poli-Sci teacher American English show up for class, take notes and ask questions and you were pretty much guaranteed to pass. I had skipped class and not taken good notes at first, the first test was a wake up call and I passed the test when I realized that I actually had to apply myself.
Linear equations teacher spoke English with a thick polish accent making most of what he said unintelligible. Failed class the first time, dropped it the 2nd time and when the Indian professor taught the class during the summer I grabbed it and aced it. The fail rate with the Polish professor was so bad and unfortunately was almost the only teacher teaching the class required for Calc 3 that they bundled the class into Calc 3 and dropped that 1 credit course for good.
So some of my thoughts:
- Was the teacher understandable?
- What does this mean for other teachers with strict guidelines?
- What use is a degree if this becomes the norm?
- The teacher’s view on passing the students was a bit odd for me.