DailyDirt: Teachers, Pay Attention

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Great teachers aren't exactly a plentiful resource, but the market for teachers hasn't quite minted many millionaires from the scarcity. But maybe that will change soon. There are a bunch of projects that are aiming to create innovative educational tools, and some of these efforts could be hugely profitable in the future. Perhaps those who can, will teach. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Brendy, 3 May 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Good teachers are EXTREMELY rare

    I probably had one or two truly good teachers in 16 years of schooling. It seemed that the harder the course material got, the worse the teachers were. Some of my best teachers where in my AP classes during high school.

    I went to UCI for college and got a degree in Computer Science. I could never quite pay attention in class at UCI because the teachers moved at a slow pace and resorted to just reading slides. Also, they never cared about any of the undergraduate students and considered us more of a nuisance to them because they were required to lecture undergrads in between their research work. Even worse, more than 60% of the teachers I had in computer science seemed to have English as a second language, which made learning extremely complicated material very difficult. I spent most of my time just learning the material from Google or reading the slides themselves. Class was a waste of time.

    It's truly a pity that at such a reputable school for Computer Science we were given teachers that couldn't teach for shit. We mostly had to deal with the teacher's assistants rather than getting answers from the teacher's themselves. Seriously, there needs to be some sort grading for how well teachers teach, and for god's sake, can we get some teachers that can actually speak English? Also, their primary goal should be teaching students so we can actually learn something rather than tossing us aside in lieu of their research.

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