"I Love Learning; I Hate School": An Anthropology of College by Susan D. Blum

By Susan D. Blum

Frustrated via her scholars' functionality, her relationships with them, and her personal daughter’s difficulties in class, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, got down to comprehend why her scholars discovered their academic adventure at a top-tier establishment so profoundly tricky and unsatisfying. via her learn and in conversations along with her scholars, she stumbled on a troubling mismatch among the targets of the college and the desires of students.

In "I Love studying; I Hate School," Blum tells intertwined yet inseparable tales: the result of her study into how scholars examine contrasted with the best way traditional schooling works, and the private narrative of ways she herself was once reworked through this knowing. Blum concludes that the dominant different types of better schooling don't fit the myriad varieties of studying that aid students―people in general―master significant and useful abilities and data. scholars are in a position to studying large quantities, however the methods greater schooling is dependent frequently leads them to fail to benefit. greater than that, it ends up in sick results. during this critique of upper schooling, infused with anthropological insights, Blum explains why lots goes fallacious and gives feedback for the way to carry lecture room studying extra in response to acceptable different types of engagement. She demanding situations our approach of schooling and argues for a “reintegration of studying with life.”

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One of my strangest experiences came in a required anthropological theory course. One student had done a pretty good class presentation; he’d padded his work with a scarcely relevant video, but he understood the subject pretty well. I had given him nine points out of a potential ten. He gave himself eleven. The nine points were probably higher than I would have given a decade earlier. This student’s writing tended to be B+ work. ” He complained to the department chair about my mistreatment of him.

As a result of that study, I started to give talks at a variety of colleges and universities, usually in the context of “academic integrity” programs or writing-and-composition centers. I talked with faculty, students, and administrators about their struggles, and I began to see that something is profoundly wrong with the system, beyond what any one student or faculty member could possibly address. It is a systemic problem, built into the very nature of the educational system as we have it. While there are fantastic success stories of engaged students digging in intellectually—please don’t overlook this—many students often aim to skate through, untouched.

Mary Grigsby showed how different types of students regard the academic enterprise in College Life through the Eyes of Students. Most colorfully, Rebekah Nathan in My Freshman Year writes about her own enrollment in college when she was already a professor in order to conduct clandestine research on the contemporary undergraduate experience. These works, and many more, explain what happens in college beyond the celebratory promotional advertising. Similar complaints are voiced by teachers at lower levels of school, and hand-wringing about unprepared, undisciplined, unruly, defiant, lazy, erratic students proliferate.

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