Ted Presley (Founder)

Who Will Teach My Children?

by Ted Presley | September 3, 2009 | Ted Presley (Founder) 0 Comments

When my children were young, my wife and I worried about what their teachers were teaching them and what their teachers were modeling before them in terms of life-style.  As our children got older and went off to the university, we were still concerned that their professors be men and women of high standards of ethics and morality as well as successful academicians. We chose to send both our children to a smaller private Christian university that only hired such qualified professionals because we knew that most young people are forming their sense of identity and choosing a life style at about that age. We wanted professors with strong academic credentials and lives of integrity to lead our children through that stage in their lives.

In light of the above, we at ELI 360 have spent hours researching the kind of higher education institutions that will serve you best in maintaining the values you have tried to teach your own children and, at the same time, prepare them well for their future professional careers. Clearly, the best choices are smaller private institutions that reward great teaching and insist that professors teach students in small classes and not adjuncts and/or graduate students.

We recommend you research the use of data about “who teaches” that has been produced by popular magazines. For example, take a few minutes to read this article: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/03/usnews. In this article, the author points out the fact that some large state institutions disregard the number of adjuncts and/or graduate students that teach many of the undergraduate classes when they calculate the percentage of “professors that teach.”

Consider this quote from the aforementioned article:

In an interview, Lawrence N. Gold, director of higher education at the AFT (American Federation of Teachers), said he was bothered by the unwillingness of U.S. News to fix the error and to make sure that the faculty figures are all correct — and that the union would formally ask the magazine to reconsider. The concern comes at a time when the union has launched a campaign — called “Just Ask” — that encourages parents and prospective students to ask colleges about the percentage of courses taught by tenure-track faculty members… We think it’s awfully important for parents and students to know who is doing the teaching and how those people are treated,” he said. “Teachers are the most important factor in any student’s success. The overuse and exploitation of contingent faculty is something they should be aware of and take into consideration.”

Who will teach your children? Think about the importance of this issue for their future career development and success.

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