Role of English
How to Solve It
Why are you attending a University?
The Idea of a University: A university is a higher education institution committed to teaching and research in the major disciplines of knowledge and professions; a place to learn and to study; the place to find the smartest people; an institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession
...a place where...scholarship is leisure, reduced preoccupation with business, interdisciplinary studies, and a community of readers are (found). The university has played an important role in the development of innovative thought and culture and is an agent of creative dialogue, and sociological change.
This is NOT a computer course, nor is it training in software. This course IS about critical thinking, questioning, understanding, researching, terminology, history, ethics and philosophy all in English.
If you want to become a good computer science person you will have to learn good English, learn to think critically, learn to work in groups both face to face and in virtual (online) encounters. You will need to learn to intelligently find the tools you need to complete your work, to ask good questions and above all to be critical, to be skeptical of everything you see, hear or read, including the things we do, say and read in this class.
This course is not intended to impress you with how smart I am nor how much I know. It is intended for YOU to find out how much YOU know and even more important, how much you want to know. This is a university, if you want it to be, it can be a playground for learning. You can have fun learning, it just takes practice, don't pretend to learn, really try to learn. This course is not “EduTainment”, (Dr. M.L. O’Neill), I am not a comedian, so please, learn how to find something interesting. To simply say that this or that is "boring" IS boring, don't be so dull that you allow your imagination to disappear.
Unfortunately for you, some of your teachers may try to treat you like children who must be led to information which they believe is valuable for you to know. They may be right or they may be wrong. I will try hard not to do that.
I do not believe that you are children and that if you have not done so before, then it is time for you to take responsibility for your actions; especially as they apply to your education. While you are in this class, when you are preparing for this class and whenever you think of this class I want you to know that, in the end, YOU are the only one responsible for your success or your failure. I believe that, now it is up to you to believe that.
"School" as we know it is an Industrial Age concept. The Industrial Age started in the late 18th century and created factories where people labored for long hours "on the clock" and at the whims and demands of a factory owner or manager. In a factory workers spend a certain number of hours in a building, with time constrained tasks "given" to them by people called supervisors or managers and these workers are then expected to "produce" things. In the case of school, students are the workers and teachers the supervisors and the things you "produce" are the answers you are told are correct by the teachers.
It seems that, in most cases, school is a culture of obedience. Because of this culture of obedience, most students (and many teachers) tend NOT to take responsibility for what they do or for their actions. We are told that someone else will think for us, that they know better, that they have more knowledge, experience, they are older, or they have more money or power...
What you do this year is going to be mostly up to you. You will pass or fail yourselves. I do not believe in the culture of obedience, I do believe in the culture of sharing, of helping each other and especially in being honest. I believe it is best to tell the truth, there will be times when I will simply say "I don't know."
Some people know so little, they don’t know how little they know.These last two are the wise ones.
Are you confused? Let's work on making it better...
End of Semester
02 Why a University?
03 Course Criteria
04 In Class Writing
07 Check Our Progress
08 Discovery Learning
09 Honesty and Truth