Teaching: Opening the Classroom Door

An obstacle to better college teach ing is the defensive notion that a teacher compromises his freedom if he allows anyone except students to enter his classroom and evaluate his perform ance. This sanctification of the class room not only cuts the teacher off from useful criticism but also gives adminis trators a handy excuse to argue that good teaching cannot be judged, and that therefore a teacher's rewards have to be based on his publications.

Challenging this notion is small (1,050 students), Quaker-founded Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. Its pres ident, Landrum...

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