Monday, March 2, 2015

No Professor Left Behind -


no professor left behind college classroom
I recently had the opportunity to guest lecture for an American Government class at a private Midwestern college. My friend who teaches the class invited me to share some insights about political theory. While I have taught classes to select groups of motivated students, I was ill prepared for the harrowing experience of addressing the ordinary university student.

The 25 or so students entered into the classroom and plopped into their seats. I immediately tried my best to connect with them by explaining some basic concepts of government and law. It proved very difficult since most of the students, although polite, were simply not interested in the topic. Some three or four students carried on the class discussion. I thought I had failed miserably until my friend later commented that he was pleased to see how much interest the class had generated.

My experience was hardly unique.

I have spoken with other professors who have had similar experiences. There may be a few fine students who really do want to learn and are highly motivated, but there are also many students who simply don’t want to be in their classes. They are there because they are required to be there to graduate. Moreover, many students feel a university degree is a kind of entitlement that they have the right to claim despite their performance in the classroom.

Anyone who is involved in education will acknowledge the mechanical nature of the modern education process. The university is often focused on granting ever more degrees, securing larger enrollments or raising massive funds. This can lead to the lowering of standards or overlooking problems like cheating and plagiarism in order to keep enrollment numbers high, so as to keep federal funds flowing.
 
As a result, something very important has been lost in higher education. In our efforts to leave no child behind, we are leaving teachers and professors behind. We are turning our professors into mere monitors of testable information rather than mentors who guide their students to develop character and wisdom. We are asking them to conform to politically correct agendas, instead of giving students a vision of society based on reality and a notion of truth. Professors cannot advance in the practice of doing that which they should be doing: real teaching. They are being left behind.

It is an example of what I call the “frenetic intemperance” of our times where the higher purposes of education are left behind and the concrete results of numbers are highlighted as success. It involves sending people to college for the sake of going to college.

What is particularly tragic about this whole mentality is the obsessive idea that more is better. Those who hold this view believe that if students with degrees earn more than those without, then all students must be granted degrees, any degree, regardless of their abilities or debts contracted.

The recent proposal to grant all students two “free” years of community college is an example of this numbers mindset. It does not get to the core of the matter. Rather, the proposal will end up filling more classrooms with “students” who really don’t want to be there. It will occupy more professors with processing, not teaching, students. It will saddle taxpayers with the bill to pay for the “free” education that fails to educate.

Higher education should be for students who want to be there. It should be for those who have a passion for the subjects for which they study. Contrary to so many who now enter the university system, students should have a clear notion of what they are going to do with their degrees…and how they are going to pay for them.

Higher education should also be for professors who want to profess, not monitor. They should be free to communicate their passion for study, knowledge and truth to their students. In our folly, to push students ahead, we must not leave our professors behind.

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No Professor Left Behind -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

To Send A Package, Just Ask a Priest.

Written by John Horvat


As I traveled up the interstate toward Washington, D.C., my colleague suddenly realized that he had left some items behind in the hotel room where we had stayed. It was too late to return to the place, but he really wanted the items back.

“Just ask!” was the motto on the hotel brochure. It was a reassuring invitation that this hotel was different from others, and would surely make that extra effort to help us out. It was a matter of just asking.

My colleague called the receptionist at the desk to ask if the items had been left behind and he confirmed that the items were indeed there. It was now the time to “just ask.” Credit card in hand, he asked the receptionist if he might package them up and send them back. Certainly this kind of thing happens all the time.

“No, we don’t do that,” was the reply. “You will have to arrange the whole matter with UPS or some  other service.”

My colleague asked if he might at least package the items up, but was told that he could not do it. We would have to arrange the packaging as well.

The next calls were to two parcel services to try to arrange a pickup. The first call was immediately routed to an answering machine that listed all the options. Since no option seemed to fit our special
need, my friend asked for a real live operator to explain his unique problem and find a solution.

“Just ask!” also did not seem to work here. My increasingly exasperated colleague was asked if the items were in a package, which again seemed to be an insurmountable problem. He was then told that the operator could not initiate a pickup and that he would need to visit the website and generate a label for the driver to pick up his still unpackaged items.

He was further informed that generating a label would require the use of an established account which he did not have. Without a package, a label or an account, my colleague hung up. There was really nothing we could do.

He called another service and found the same restrictions applied. We simply did not fit into the system. His items seemed to be lost forever.

Such a dilemma is indicative of the impersonal nature of business in many areas of our economy. There is a cold, machine-like system in place where the essential human element is left out. It is part of what I call the “frenetic intemperance” of our times where everything must be done instantly without regard for those complicated relationships that are part of commerce and culture. People simply don’t want to get involved in such things. That normal desire to help others is somehow suppressed in the quest for efficiency.

In our plight to get the items back, we started to look at other, more human options. Suddenly, it occurred to us that we might ask someone we knew to help us.

The night before leaving we had met with a priest at an event we were attending at his parish. We had not known him before, but we were impressed by his solicitude for us. We had no doubt that this was a way out. When you need help, call a priest. Just ask….

Father answered the phone and was glad to hear from us. He had no difficulty in resolving our problem. He handed the phone to his secretary and asked her to solve a problem which mega mailing operations and our hotel could not. The secretary happened to live right next to the hotel. She offered to stop by, package the items, and send them by mail to the address indicated. My colleague received the items in good order and took note of the $10.15 shipping cost, which did not include the price of the box itself. He also noticed there was no bill inside.

It seemed so simple. The human element was there. And the supernatural element of Christian charity that would have us do unto others what we would want done to us was there as well. Such charity and
solicitude is what is missing in our self-absorbed culture. We need to return to an order where we can resolve our problems with a simple “just ask.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wow! Medieval Cathedrals Used to Be Full of Brilliant Colors | ChurchPOP




via ww1westernfront.gov.au / StanParryPhotography / ChurchPOP


For being the “dark ages,” medieval Europeans were sure able to
produce some of the world’s most beautiful and intricate buildings ever
made.
Read the explanation below:

Wow! Medieval Cathedrals Used to Be Full of Brilliant Colors | ChurchPOP

Monday, February 23, 2015

‘Return to Order’ Enters Second Printing -





rto-smallCHANDLER, AZ (Feb. 18, 2015) – With the first-edition supply of Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society depleted, a second printing of 20,000 hardcover copies is almost complete. The highly lauded book centered-on providing solutions to address the nation’s social and economic chaos has earned nine awards and sold more than 30,000 copies to date, while continuing to receive accolades.


“A clear indictment of our mad rush to obtain more and more stuff, regardless of the cost to society, or families, and even ourselves. While the book’s central argument will make more sense to someone who has a background in Christian theology, this book is also of value to anyone who sees the inherent problems in a culture whose only tenets appears to be, “MORE!” and “NOW!” said one reviewer in Dec. 2014 on Amazon.com.

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‘Return to Order’ Enters Second Printing

Friday, February 20, 2015

Does the Assistance of the Holy Spirit Always Prevent Crisis in the Church?


Many Catholics are confused and uncertain due to a lack of proper understanding of the unquestionable truth of the assistance the Holy Spirit provides the Church.

Leary to run counter this truth, they often attempt to deny the reality of facts or the obvious meaning of statements that apparently contradict this divine assistance.

They are thus caught in a seemingly dead-end dilemma: deny either the facts or the assistance of the Holy Spirit to the Church.


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Does the Assistance of the Holy Spirit Always Prevent Crisis in the Church?