Musings on Education, Part 2: What my students want is not what I am here to do.
I have just spent 22 years teaching and designing programs at colleges and universities. I have been offering education and crafting programs that offer educations. And in recent years I have even been consulting and speaking on how to do things better in delivering educations at other institutions.
Now I realize that I have got it all wrong:
I haven’t been actually doing what students wanted.
I have been doing what I wanted.
Worse, I didn’t know I was out of synch with reality.
You see, students don’t want an education, they want the outcomes of an education, including:
- a degree that tells others something about their status and abilities.
- a good job.
- lots of money.
- a lovely mate.
- happy parents (who paid for the education).
And here I thought I was supposed to be educating them.
Time to rethink this teaching thing.