Atoning for higher education’s seven deadly sins: Opinion

February 3, 2021
Steven Mintz discusses the “seven deadly sins” of higher education, and how those in the academy can “atone” for those sins. Mintz explains how higher education often falls into traps such as teaching knowledge without wisdom, competence without morality, and curriculum without explained relevance. Mintz gives seven ways that these “sins” can be addressed, such as broadening the understanding of a professor’s role in the academy, striving for holistic education, and standing for equity. Mintz also suggests keeping in mind students’ career-focused reasons for pursuing studies, ensuring classes are focused on learning and the learner, ensuring curriculum is designed to teach students the skills expected of an adult, and being transparent about learning objectives. Inside Higher Ed (International)