Dane Wendell

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Illinois College

Dane Wendell is a Ph.D. in Political Science studying political behavior, political psychology, and biology of politics.

Hogwash. You need to learn to listen.

An excerpt:

"Lecture has come under attack recently. "Flipped learning" is the current buzz term among higher-education reformers. We old-fashioned chalk-and-talk professors are told that we need to stop being the "sage on the stage," but should become the "guide on the side," helping students develop their problem-solving skills. Lecture, we are told, is an ineffective strategy for reaching today's young people, whose attention span is measured in nanoseconds. We should not foolishly expect them to listen to us, but instead cater to their conditioned craving for constant stimulation."

"Hogwash. You need to learn to listen. The kind of listening you need to learn is not passive absorption, like watching TV; it is critical listening. Critical listening means that you are not just hearing but thinking about what you are hearing. Critical listening questions and evaluates what is being said and seeks key concepts and unifying themes. Your high school curriculum would have served you better had it focused more on developing your listening skills rather than drilling you on test-taking."

I don't agree with the extreme version of this, but it did stop and make me think. There is a dialogue going on between these two different kinds of professors. The Sage-on-a-Stage and the Guide-on-the-Side conflict over basic instructional methodology. But I suspect they also disagree over issues such as trigger warnings in the ancient classics. There's a belief structure (an ideology) around these issues. I believe it crosses typical political ideology, but the Sage-on-a-Stage does feel more like a conservative to me.

source: Message to My Freshman Students | Keith M. Parsons http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-m-parsons/message-to-my-freshman-stb7275016.html