Students teaching students proves uneffective

Matt Muenzberg, staff writer

The class breaks up into groups; each group studies a specific section of the material and then teaches it to the rest of the class. Teachers love this student-teaching-student style of instruction, but they’re not doing their job, not to mention make me less prepared for the test.

First of all, there is no way that anyone is going to do well on a test after the information is presented in this students-teach-students format. It is a sure bet that the students won’t emphasize exactly what information will be on the test.

Also, if I am correct, parents pay upwards of $10,000 for their children to be taught by a teacher. I find this students-teaching-students method a little ridiculous if all the teacher is going to do is assign us a section to give a presentation on, and then go check his or her email on their laptop.

I understand that teachers are just trying to shake up the learning environment and incorporate interactive learning involved in the classroom. I am all for interactive learning, but I will never learn as well by searching Wikipedia and searching the page for information than I would by listening to a professional teacher who knows how to make information stick.

Although just having to learn the material without a teacher’s help is bad enough, nothing compares to having classmates teach you the other sections of the chapter. Good luck to anyone trying to study for a test not knowing any information in the chapter. It’s frustrating especially when the only information the students received was from a mediocre PowerPoint that only covered one fifth of the necessary material.

When students research things, they do not research them fully. Students focus on just one part of the section. Then this lack of information is cast on to the entire class. Teachers then give the students bad grades for the mishaps in their peers’ work.