By. J.C. Casarez
With the end of fall semester and finals approaching, registration period for spring 2013 begins.
Counselors tell students what classes are required to continue taking the next step to achieving educational goals. Students should not only consider the classes they take, but also who the professor or instructor will be.
The professor does in fact matter because their teaching skills will determine what a student learns. Yes, students are expected to do their part in making sure they stay current with a class and maintain a grade.
But when are teachers held accountable for lacking teaching skills? Previous experiences of other students go a long way toward making the right decision when choosing a professor.
It seems that this topic is not discussed enough because students rely on word-of-mouth and rating sites to determine if classes they are taking are from preferred teachers.
In a social media world, reputations can be made both in a positive and negative manner.
If a student has a bad experience, the world will know about it overnight. Some students do not even wait for the semester to end before making up their mind about a particular class.
Students will drop classes because they do not like the way the professor is teaching. The issue here that needs to be approached is when large numbers of students drop or withdraw from a class due to a bad instructor.
Students go through the process of signing up for a class only to have the person teaching not be up to student’s standards.
Students are being held to a “three strikes and you’re out” policy but those that teach with poor results should be held accountable. Higher education is not only a financial investment for students but one that requires time.
I have experienced this issue first hand. No matter the changes and commitment invested into the class, the subject being taught was not being done in a manner fit to my standards.
How does a class go from being full to practically empty during a semester and no school officials notice? It is not a coincidence when classes are in demand because of a particular professor teaching.
The experiences of previous students spread enough that during registration, recommended instructors’ classes are highly sought after.
It’s time that not only students get the message but also those that make important decisions in the district.