Episode with Professor Mazur
I listened to the episode with Professor Mazur and was bothered by some of the comments. When Prof. Mazur explained how he wondered why his students weren’t learning. One of his choices was that his students were dumb. It’s horrible that an educator would have that thought; and then to publicly admit it, wow! The host seemed to agree when he stated that it was not reasonable to think that the students were dumb because they attended Harvard. Why would the host entertain this comment, let alone follow it up? Did the host not remember the episode with Dr. Anita Archer? Stop blaming students for their failure to learn. Also what do intelligence and Harvard have to do with each other? My second concern is the host’s reference to other institutions as less elite than Harvard. Just why? Why is Harvard the standard? Why even make the comment? It had absolutely nothing to do with the host’s wondering about how to get students to do pre-work prior to a course meeting. The Harvard students weren’t doing the pre-work either! When this episode started, I had the thought to discontinue listening. I wish I had followed that thought so that I would not have heard the disparaging comments. I will no longer listen to this podcast.
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