Doctor CamNC4Me wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:06 am
Hrm. There seems to be a recurring theme with some students and their tuition:
https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc- ... story.html
"A Yale University student from Ohio has sued the Ivy League school in federal court seeking a refund of tuition from when the university went from in-person learning to online this past spring.
Jonathan Michel claims the online experience was inferior and that Yale breached its contract with him and other students and unjustly enriched itself when it did not refund tuition. His lawyers are seeking class action status so that they can represent other students."
I don't know what to think of this since I'm not in their shoes, nor that of a school's administration. It seems cheap to do this, though. It seems like privilege taken to the extreme, but again I just don't know enough about campus life to understand the value of the brick and mortar experience versus the online education someone receives.
I can say this in m limited experience - my online courses were much more engaging and thorough than the in-person classes. I had to do a lot more reading, writing, and interacting with fellow students online than in person. It was almost as if the school was overcompensating for the stigma of online learning, much to our advantage, tbh.
I think everyone will should consider Spring term a wash. The universities were unable to predict it, thanks to the fecklessness and incompetence of our national leaders, and so we entered Spring term without any clue how bad this would get. When it did get bad, we did our level best to finish our courses in a conscientious manner. This is the kind of circumstance that it is impossible to react ideally to. I have a hard time faulting the universities, the professors, or the students for what they were able to do in the Spring. We all did what we could do, and I did a fair amount of commiserating and hand holding myself. My students were also very understanding. That said, I went out of my way to make the end of the course as worthwhile as the beginning.
So, I have a very difficult time with those who use those highly unique circumstances as grounds for a lawsuit. We will all look back on that time and forgive each other for not being everything we had expected before going into those months. We did what we could do in the situation.
Now, where my sympathy starts to run really dry is in the next step. If I am a student, and I hated online work, then I should probably not sign up for summer courses during a pandemic. As Fall approaches, and I know there is a better than even chance that I will be online again, I don't sign up for it if I don't like that mode of education. On the university end, I do not present the online as the same as in-person. Unless the university knows it can keep people safe, do not open the campus in the Fall term for normal in-person instruction.
In the public universities of red states, we have been pushed to open. We are part of the state apparatus, and the state can force us to open, whether we like it or not. My spouse will be teaching in-person, in a classroom, in mere days. I am freaking the ____ out. We both are. She will bring what she has been exposed to in the university home to her family thanks to Republican state leaders. I took a leave of absence without pay for the year because my union contract allows me to do that (thank God for that, and no thanks to the anti-labor Republican Party that has fought labor tooth and nail). I had already been planning to be away to focus on writing a complete draft of my book, but now I am glad not to have to go to campus for any reason.
In the midst of the current chaos, when there are so many deadly serious things to worry about, the idea that some BYU student is suing BYU over a less than optimal educational experience in a global pandemic makes me want to shove my middle finger in his eye. Doubtless I would not, even if I were given the opportunity, because God knows where that little jerk has been and what he has been up to.
"Petition wasn’t meant to start a witch hunt as I’ve said 6000 times." ~ Hanna Seariac, LDS apologist