New York University professor fired after students say his class was too hard
Connect with us

Student Life

New York University professor fired after students say his class was too hard

Odyssey News

Published

on

New York University professor fired after students say his class was too hard
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The firing of a New York University (NYU) professor who was the subject of a petition from students who said his class was too hard continues to stoke controversy, as some parents and teachers say the incident points to a lowering of academic standards.

Maitland Jones Jr, a professor of organic chemistry, was fired by NYU after more than 80 students from his 350-student course signed a petition complaining about grades, teaching and help received during the Covid pandemic.

Jones, 84, received a message from the dean of science in August terminating his contract, the New York Times reported.

Chemistry professors opposing the decision wrote to several NYU deans, saying they were worried the case could undermine faculty freedom and weaken proven teaching practices.

“We are all on the same side of wanting students to succeed but we are using misaligned, and in many cases flawed, metrics to evaluate success,” Stephanie Lee, one of the professors who signed the letter, said in a tweet.

ALSO READ  Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Causes and Treatment

“One consequence of this misalignment is that our actions are becoming fear-driven.”

The student petition protested that Jones’s class was too hard and that students lacked resources and help. It did not say the professor should be fired.

“We urge you to realize that a class with such a high percentage of withdrawals and low grades has failed to make students’ learning and wellbeing a priority and reflects poorly on the chemistry department as well as the institution as a whole,” the petition read.

Jones, a widely accredited professor known for writing an organic chemistry textbook, told the Times he had been thinking of retiring but was worried what the NYU decision could mean for other professors and faculty.

An NYU spokesperson defended the firing, emphasizing high student withdrawals and bad course evaluations. The statement said the decision was also based on complaints about dismissiveness, unresponsiveness, condescension and lack of transparency about grading.

ALSO READ  When to Send Graduation Invitations

Some students believe the pandemic completely disrupted their ability to prepare for classes such as organic chemistry, a fundamental course for those hoping to go to medical school.

Some parents are pushing back. Several groups have said the NYU decision is indicative of a problem in a school system they believe is too lenient on students.

“When paying for an education at a reputable university, we should expect quality professors to intellectually challenge our students, helping them to grow by pushing them to stretch beyond what is convenient and comfortable,” Elicia Brand, founder of Army of Parents, told Fox News.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Student Life

A growing number of Americans are questioning the value of going to college

Odyssey News

Published

on

A growing number of Americans are questioning the value of going to college
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The share of Americans who believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country has dropped by 14 percentage points since 2020.

That’s according to the latest results of an annual survey conducted by New America, a nonpartisan think tank. Since 2017, the organization has been collecting data on Americans’ attitudes about the value of education after high school and how that education should be funded.

Many of the report’s findings have remained stable over time – for example, the general consensus that post-secondary education offers a good return on investment for students remains. But there’s been a steep decline in the overall perception of higher education’s impact on the country.

 

The nationally representative survey included about 1,500 adults and was conducted in the spring of 2022, “when people started to feel the effects of gas price increases,” Nguyen says. “People started to feel that an economic recession is actually coming.”

ALSO READ  Why Students Choose Online Assignment Help Services?

In line with previous years, the survey finds that Democrats and Republicans disagree about multiple aspects of higher education. While 73% of Democrats believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country, only 37% of Republicans feel that way.

Americans also remain divided on who should pay for higher education. Most Democrats (77%) say the government should fund higher education because it’s good for society, while the majority of Republicans (63%) say students should pay for post high school education because they benefit from it.

A new question on this year’s survey asked respondents about the minimum level of education they believe their immediate or close family members should receive in order to be financially secure. While nearly three-quarters of respondents agree some sort of postsecondary education is required for their child or close family member to achieve financial security, there are partisan divides. Only a quarter of Democrats say that a high school diploma or GED is sufficient to achieve economic security, compared to 39% of Republicans who say so.

ALSO READ  Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Causes and Treatment

Despite the overall agreement on the value of higher education, many Americans are concerned about affordability. Only about half of respondents think Americans can get an affordable, high-quality education after high school.

Across the political spectrum, says Nguyen, people “are pretty aligned on the affordability questions.” But, she says, they don’t agree on how to solve these affordability issues. “I think that’s translated to the current policy environment we’re living in right now.”

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Student Life

Extension in summer vacations proposed

Odyssey News

Published

on

Extension in summer vacations proposed
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

RAWALPINDI:

An extension in summer vacations has been proposed for educational institutions including schools across Punjab including in the Rawalpindi district as monsoon rains have caused wide-spread damage to infrastructure including school buildings in the province.

Officials said that the damaged buildings and boundary walls may pose a risk to the students and teachers when the schools reopen across Punjab on August 1 after summer vacations. They said that it has been proposed not to open schools prior to the completion of repair work.

The officials said that it has been proposed to extend the summer vacations for two weeks due to the torrential rains and urban flooding in all 36 districts of Punjab including the Rawalpindi district. They said that it has been proposed to resume new session from August 15 instead of August 1. The officials said that the proposal has been deferred by the provincial education ministry until the new education minister takes the oath.

ALSO READ  Why Students Choose Online Assignment Help Services?

The officials said that a final decision regarding the proposal will be taken by July 29 once the new education assumes charge of the office.

Sources said that the bureaucracy was also in favour of the proposal as per the forecast, the heavy rainfall would continue over the next few days.

Meanwhile, District Education Authority Chief Executive Officer Raja Amjad Iqbal has ordered a week-long cleaning campaign in educational institutions throughout the district prior to the start of the new session.

He said that it was a collective responsibility to carry out a robust campaign for the eradication of the dengue virus and larvae. The official said that heads of all educational institutions should ensure the cutting of grass and deep cleaning of classrooms, bathrooms, roofs, water tanks, water coolers, and dispensers prior to the start of the new session. He said that dengue awareness posters and banners must be hoisted on school gates.

ALSO READ  Edu negotiation tactic has saved Arsenal £20m for Lucas Paqueta transfer pursuit

The Rawalpindi district administration and health teams will also inspect all educational institutions to ensure thorough cleanliness arrangements for the students.

Officials said that health teams were actively working in various tehsils of the Rawalpindi district for the eradication of the dengue virus.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Student Life

Summer Vacations and Students with Special Needs

Odyssey News

Published

on

Summer Vacations and Students with Special Needs
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

A notification was issued by the school education dept. Punjab on 26th May 2022 that schools will remain closed for summer vacations from 1st June to 31st July. Education authority Lahore imposed a ban on holding summer camps during the vacations. It was said that warnings will be issued and fines will be imposed if any school does not follow the instructions.

I do not want to make any personal comments on whether the summer camps should be allowed or not in mainstream schools. I want to highlight another segment of children and students who is definitely getting negatively affected by this decision. Let me share few real life stories with you before unfolding my argument.

Few day ago I was sitting in my office when she came to me in quite a disturbed mood. Her expressions were so confusing that initially I thought she was angry but in matter of moments her frustration started flooding out of her eyes. It was so heart breaking to learn that she had shifted from Islamabad and for last one month was desperately looking for professional support for her 4 years old boy with autism. Our government has ordered that no school can have classes in summer vacations so no special school was open to help this anxious mother of a son with autism and ADHD. With a non-cooperative spouse and limited financial resources govt. or ngo run centers were the only choices she had. She was so anxious and depressed because without professional support behavioral and sensory problems of her son were getting worse.

This is not the only example, I get to meet many parents who are so distressed because their children with special needs are unable to receive physical, speech or behavior therapy just because our provincial govt. does not allow special schools to function during summer vacations. We need to understand that children with special needs not only require specialized academic services, they also need regular therapeutic support. Children with cerebral palsy need physical and occupational therapy not only to make better use of their motor abilities but also to prevent contractures or deterioration of their muscles and bones. They also might need constant help from speech therapist to improve swallowing, so they can eat better. It is uncomprehend able that we are depriving these children of therapeutic, professional and emotional support without considering the negative consequences. It is crucial that decision makers look at the different scenarios and objectives of summer programs before imposing uniform rules or laws.

ALSO READ  Why Students Choose Online Assignment Help Services?

I consider it my responsibility to raise voice for those hundreds and thousands of parents of special children who cannot afford expensive private therapy sessions. They have enrolled their children in special education schools where they get all possible support. If they are forced to deprive their children of essential professional support, it cannot be justified by any mean. Let me share another scenario with you. There is a 15 years old boy who has intellectual disability and hyperactivity. With the help of school, parents are able to maintain a routine of activities which helps in managing his behavior quite reasonably. The child has become so hyper during the summer break that he is literally unmanageable for the mother. Parents are so desperately waiting for reopening of school.

Some institutes for special persons also provide vocational training and sheltered employment services. In most cases, these vocational training facilities are located within the institute or school. It is really not comprehendible that all services are put to a halt without any logical explanation. Cherry on the cake it that any anonymous complaint about summer program in a special education setup can activate the administrative machinery of the area to make sure that this facility is not functional.

ALSO READ  Edu negotiation tactic has saved Arsenal £20m for Lucas Paqueta transfer pursuit

I work for a nonprofit organization where many parents from other cities of Punjab and other provinces visit solely for assessment and professional support. They do not require admission in school. Imagine if a family comes to you from Azad Kashmir with their special needs child. They have no place to live so they are spending nights at Data Darbar. How can you say no to a family in such desperate need of support? In fact you might even have to arrange for their breakfast and lunch along with all the care and professional support.

I request the relevant authorities to look into this matter empathetically. We need to understand that nonprofit or govt. run special schools do not make summer classes a source of earning. Institutes for special education are not providing only academic services, it also involves medical, therapeutic, vocational and employment readiness programs. A long discontinuation of services can have serious repercussions for physical health and mental wellbeing of students with special needs and their families. Parents should be given the right to consult with relevant professionals and make informed decision about sending or not sending their child for summer program in his special education school. Relevant authorities and decision makers should consider the seriousness of the matter. I request them to take stakeholders on board and develop a realistic strategy. They need to make sure that students with special needs get access to essential therapeutic and training services during summer..

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
Continue Reading

Trending