Others may have already given some pretty valid answers to this. I won't claim to have a strong position of this as I have not really looked into it
before. My children are currently in University.
My daughter describes a similar environment in the classrooms... and yet, there is a different sort of support she is getting from teachers
She is someone who has just always loved school- she likes learning, she likes doing the work. She is also very social- she likes talking to people,
she is not shy, or ackward in social situations, she is very compassionate and is always thinking of others, yet balances that with a healthy dose of
I don't know if this is why, but this draws the attention of teachers and they end up liking her a lot and talking with her outside of class. They
give her advice and encouragement, they give her extra projects to do, they guide her and reach out to her in ways they do not with everyone. Far from
making her fit into a mold, they are listenign to her individual desires, goals and thoughts and helping her find the tools she needs to fulfil
So what I percieve is that they don't bother putting in that extra support with a huge class of people who do not appreciate it and do not want it.
You have to make the extra step, as an individual, to go get it!
Another thing is a more general suggestion about the age groups we're talking about and the context they grew up in!
Many of your professors now are my age- that is, they were X Generation. They were born and grew in an environment of "me"ism- our parents were
concerned with "finding themselves" and leaving us to "create ourselves" as individuals. They didn't want us brainwashed, they didn't want us
influenced, they didn't want any limits between us and the natural world. (or they just didn't want to bother with the responsibility of parenthood,
because they had always been spoiled and indulged narcissists....
But we didn't have any limits, nor protection. We learned through experimentation what is painful and dangerous and what isn't. We also found out that
as much as you can be totally individual, and have brilliant ideas, without the basic tools and skills necessary, that means nothing. You can't bring
those ideas into matter, and that individuality cannot be recognized in the society.
You are just a stupid savage with dreams of self importance.
So many people my age end up trying to provide to the generation today what we missed out on- a basic firm base of guidelines and protection and
skills- then it is up to YOU to take those and go further with them as an individual. It's like learnign to play an instrument- you go through the
boring work of learning to read music and to play music other people wrote... and later you use that experience to break and get creative and write
We found out the fantasy of picking up a paintbrush one day and finding out you are a natural born Picasso, is rubbish. It doesn't happen. You can't
skip the boring part.
If you are still in college than you are still gathering your tools. Your path is becoming individualized somewhat, as you get to choose the area of
study, but you are not on your own yet.
But the fact is, finding your own individual way of thinking doesn't come from anyone else, so you can't blame anyone else for not stimulating
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