There are so many stories describing the decline of American education, but every now and then, one encapsulates it all.
Angeles Maldonado, a professor at Arizona State University, has given her “Global Politics of Human Rights” students an alternative to taking the final exam:
A group of students at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus decided to protest Thursday instead of taking a final exam in their human-rights class, a decision endorsed by their instructor.
In fact, Angeles Maldonado, a professor at ASU, offered her Global Politics of Human Rights class an option: Take a test or create a group project.
They opted for the project. The group of about 20 students then decided the best plan would be to protest in front of Hayden Lawn by ASU’s library.
“The class decided that as a group project they wanted to make their voices heard about the issues that are affecting them today, so instead of just reading about the human-rights violations, they’d speak out about the current violations that are happening,” said Maldonado, who felt it was her duty as a professor to support their decision.
No, her duty was to make sure the students had learned the material.
These kids didn’t want to “make their voices heard.” Considering this lightweight course, they probably had plenty of free time to go protest if so inclined. But given these options, of course they chose the easier one. Make a sign in ten minutes, stand and yell for a bit to improve your GPA? Done.
Maldonado isn’t concerned with creating prepared adults. She doesn’t care about her students’ self-sufficiency skills. She’s recruiting pawns for political activism.
That right there is the biggest problem with college today, the reason why more and more parents are considering alternatives to the traditional universities. They don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on an activity that can be done on one’s own time for free.
She’s not alone. How many professors allowed instructional time to be used by kids to cry about Hillary not being elected rather than actually teaching? How many professors encourage activism, even if that activism is against the very things they teach?
This event encapsulates all that is wrong with academia today. It’s time for a reclamation of the university.