After nearly two decades as a university professor, the author (writing under a pseudonym) realized she was out of touch with her students. She didn't understand them. They no longer stopped by her office for consultations, no longer did assigned readings or participated in class discussions; they openly took naps in class, brought in food and drink, and behaved as though their education was of no importance to them. Looking for a way to close the gap between her and her students, Nathan enrolled in her own university as a freshman. Over the year, she gained an understanding and appreciation of contemporary college life. She found that many students who seemed uninterested in the whole idea of school were actually intensely curious and passionate about their education. They weren't the problem; the institution of learning was. This book offers insightful exploration of contemporary higher education and fascinating commentary on the ways in which the system has not kept up with the ever-changing needs of its students. David Pitt
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I came to this book as a college instructor of first-year students and wanted to see what observations "Rebekah Nathan" had made that might surprise me or change my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NSW
I'm not sure what to make of this book - or to be more specific, I don't know what to do about it. I appreciate the premise and the reporting in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Youngkin
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This book to me felt like it was meant for high school students being introduced to anthropology, not a college sophomore. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eniola Afolayan