Stub­born teacher

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 25 ar­ti­cle “Cham­ber to ACC: Boost trans­fer, grad­u­a­tion rates.”

I’m sad to re­port that my wife is a ma­jor im­ped­i­ment to the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s de­sire to boost trans­fer and grad­u­a­tion rates from Austin Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Oh, sure, she’ll al­low stu­dents to pass, but she per­versely re­quires them to not only do the work re­quired for the course but also to do it cor­rectly. Some don’t or can’t, which de­creases chances of the 50 per­cent “suc­cess” rate the Cham­ber wants.

I pointed out that her life would be much eas­ier if she didn’t try to teach or make stu­dents think but just do the pa­per­work so the stu­dent could pass through, but she’s stub­born. She ac­tu­ally thinks that when some­one goes to school, it’s for an ed­u­ca­tion.

So my wife re­mains a ma­jor bump in the road for the Cham­ber, which seems to equate “suc­cess rate” with some sort of so­cial pro­mo­tion rather than the gain­ing of knowl­edge.

Howard Bar­nett hbar­ Austin

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