
Re: Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?
Posted:
Sep 15, 2013 5:57 PM


On Sep 15, 2013, at 5:23 PM, Lars wrote:
> Do you really agree > that anyone with a degree remotely related to mathematics can teach > math at the community college level as long as they can "pass" a > thumbsup/thumbsdown interview with the chair? That people who teach > at a degree issuing institution like a community college don't need a > degree in the field they are teaching in?
There is the theory and then there is the reality.
At my school, most of the fulltime instructors have Ph.Ds in mathematics. But mostif not allof them "cover the book". And, since "the book" is getting worse every year, what good is their degree? In fact, as far as passing the course goes, the students would seem to learn more from the tutors at the learning lab, that is from students who have already passed the course and know "how to do it".
To mention Epstein's article in the Notices again, the students of all these Ph. D. have no idea of what makes what they are doing tick.
> I believe we are professionals
Maybe, but, in any case, we are being replaced by the stuff in the clouds. So, who cares?
Regards schremmer
Disclosures. (1) I have two ABDs and lost interest in writing the corresponding dissertations: one on hypersonic shockwaves and one on finite objects in topoi theory. (2) Instead of explaining "the book", I try to help students learn how to read mathematics on their own, pencil in hand, and how to cope. Of course, we don't use "the book" and I had to write one. **************************************************************************** * To post to the list: email mathedcc@mathforum.org * * To unsubscribe, email the message "unsubscribe mathedcc" to majordomo@mathforum.org * * Archives at http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=184 * ****************************************************************************

