I find the movie “Declining by degrees” very interesting. I saw the part of the movie were students at larger universities did not feel challenged, and they did not find the lecture classes very interesting. I believe that is the problem with larger universities. If you have a classroom full of one hundred and fifty students then of course the professor is not going to ask questions, nothing will ever be taught if everybody’s questions are trying to be answered. But, in a sense I still believe it is the student’s responsibility. Professors have office hours where you could ask questions, and even ask them “what could I do challenge myself”. The reasons why some students won’t try to seek for challenges really have to do with high school. The students in high school were forced to do work because the teachers made them do it. The teachers reviewed and constantly went over work (pacifying problems) because the law made them, and the laws were made because students are getting left behind and slacking. Students may be slacking because of home situations that may be beyond their control and their parents too. So really whose fault is it? The teachers? The Students? The Law? The parents? Can we really help it?
That is an unfortunate risk of going to larger universities. I attend Lenoir-Rhyne University where the average student to teacher ratio is 18:1. I feel really challenged. Since it is a smaller setting you have to work harder because professors notice if you’re slacking or just trying to get by. But, I love the relationships you can build with your professor as well. When I looked at this movie and saw how they were complaining about not being challenged, I reexamined my situation. I was thinking “Man! I wish I did not have to work that hard to get a degree”. I see now that in the long run it will benefit me.
I agree with the students when they were talking about the lecture classes. It does not matter what size class room you are in. Lecture classes are always boring. We as dedicated, hardworking, striving students are just going to have to buckle up and press through. We have to train ourselves to remain attentive during lecture classes. We will not succeed all the time and we may even find ourselves drooling on our notebooks every now and then, but we can do it!