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Comment: Re:Luddites.. (Score 1) 228

by mothz (#13262521) Attached to: Clickers Redefining Classrooms
I actually like having large, one-way lectures at the university, at least for factual classes like math, sciences, economics, etc. If I don't understand something, I can look over my notes after class, or look it up in the book, or ask a classmate, or ask at a help session, or go to the professor's office hours; and I expect the other students to do the same, rather than wasting my time by asking during class.

While it's certainly important to have contacts, whether they're friends, study partners, references for jobs/internships/etc., I don't feel that I need to know everyone in all my classes, or be on a first-name basis with all my professors. Frankly, the majority of students, and some of the professors, are mediocre.

It could be that smaller classes are better for those without the initiative to read their notes, think, ask questions outside of class, etc., but I'm not really concerned about their success. (And of course, for more open-ended subjects, like literature or foreign language, smaller, discussion-type classes are the way to go.)

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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