Want better student evaluations?
I read an advertisement for the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration in the US Airways magazine recently, headlined “The best professors in the World don’t like hearing themselves speak.” The advertisement continued, “To develop great communicators and leaders we ask students to, quite simply, communicate and lead. That’s why Darden professors spend the least amount of time lecturing of any of the top MBA programs. We believe this is one reason the Princeton Review ranked our professors the #2 teaching faculty in the nation.”
So, to improve teaching scores, talk less. Hmm, something to think about as I prepare for class today.
Perhaps I should file that under the important lessons I learned while sitting on an airplane. Of course, I might also have learned it from Ben Stein‘s monologue in the 1980s movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the — anyone? Anyone? — the Great Depression, passed the — anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which — anyone? Raised or lowered? … raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work — anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression.