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Can You Make Your
Class Any Better?

Introduction

Why are you in school?  What do you think should be given to you in a class?  What should a teacher reasonably ask of you?  What kind of relationship should you have with your professors?  These are all common questions in college.   Do you have answers for them?  Having a clear picture of what you want from your college experience and how your professors can help you is the key to success at a university.  And believe it or not, professors (at least most of them) want you to get a great education from them.  However, many of them never take the time to tell you what you need to bring to the classroom in order for them to be able to help.  In the following article, one professor sets forth a view that goes back as far as Aristotle’s Lyceum and is still useful today.  He gives this article to all his incoming students, setting the stage for a great class.  It is also included as one chapter in his larger collection of essays entitled, A Different Sort of Learning.  Read the article, take the quiz, and then seek to find such classrooms in your college.  They can be life-altering experiences.

Fr. James V. Schall

Fr. James V. Schall

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