Consumers of Education?
We are consumers. We are thrifty, and good bargain shoppers. We are bold and demanding when it comes to what we receive for the money we pay. If you were to go into a restaurant that had advertised all meals are $10, (which includes a main course, a salad, a dessert, and a beverage) and the server neglected to bring you a beverage, it would surely start a course of action including speaking to the manager about how you have been slighted. Yet, if a professor puts a sign on her door announcing that class is cancelled that day, we cheer. Yay!! Are we not paying for those courses by the minute? And when somebody robs us of one (or more) of those minutes, we should demand that we be compensated, shouldn't we? Seeing as how we are the bargain shoppers, deal hunters, and professional consumers that we are, let's be conscious of the education we are "consuming."
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Dan and Amy Allen are Educators and Advocates for Students.