Challenge, support both needed to foster higher learning

March 29, 2016

“I firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between what we expect of our students and what we get,” writes John Gardner for The Chronicle of Higher Education in response to a recent commentary on the need to better challenge students. After correcting an alleged misquotation, Gardner says that while “higher expectations generate greater learning, … higher expectations alone are not sufficient.” He argues that most professionals and institutions generally strive to provide students with adequate challenge and supports. Rather than disagreeing in principle with previous commentary, Gardner suggests that institutions merely differ on the specifics of providing learning support, as “academics represent different belief systems about what constitutes good books, good standards, and good practices.” Chronicle of Higher Education