July 11, 2004

Gill, Natasha
[PHIL V2100] Philosophy of Education

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof Gill is an ex school teacher who thinks of her students as high school kids. Contrary to what the below reviewers said, I don't think she expects much at all from her students except good grammar and all that high school bull. And her students oblige her by acting like school kids. I won't deny that the woman is pretty smart, but for a person whose focus is educational theory, she doesn't run a very good classroom. We students are supposed to lead the way in discussion, but the discussion inevitably degraded into inane crap about some student's experience last summer or something similarly stupid. Or, worse yet, for one of the last books we read (Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed), we spent the bulk of classtime calling out concepts that we didn't understand from Freire's work with her writing them on the board. We pretty much filled the whole board with Freire's confusing words - and then Gill didn't explain anything about them. All she did was to draw lines connecting words that were somehow linked together - but we didn't know what he damned words meant! The woman cannot teach herself out of a paper bag. And how are you supposed to take notes to that? Write down a bunch of words and draw some lines?

Oh, and half of every class would be spent talking about class organization issues. Who wanted to meet with the proffessor this week, who couldn't make it to class next week . . . It was absolutely infuriating. Straight out of high school.

Yeah, fine - the woman is pretty smart. But she can't teach.