Pros And Cons Of The Core

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Pros and Cons I chose Saint Joseph’s College because I liked the idea of getting individual attention and the small classroom sizes. My parents, both alumni of the College, spoke vehemently about how wonderful the Core program is here. They remembered how much they felt like they learned, and how it allowed them to improve on their speaking and writing abilities. But when I asked them if they were now, some twenty years out of college, still using any of those skills or knowledge they had gained from Core, they said no, not really. Neither of my parents are working at jobs in their degree field and they can’t remember what they wrote their Core 10 major paper on because it means nothing in their world. Often, when I would complain about a …show more content…
My personal experience with the Core program is somewhat skewed as I did not take the traditional track of four years. I was able to skip the first two cores, which are the Contemporary Situations and Modern World sections of the program. Since I was able to bypass the first year of Core studies, my understand of Core is not as holistic as the rest of my classmates. However, this does not hinder my ability to discuss the pros and cons of this program as a whole. I believe the Core program has three specific qualities that I would categorize under the pro column of a hypothetical list. Two of the pros can be laid over the whole program, and the other to pros can be placed on specific cores. I will start by going over the broader pros and then closing in on the more specific ones. To start, the Core program is a breeding ground for open discussion, as it should be. Students are encouraged to speak their minds when they are in discussion. The professors will guide the class into the topic, but it is often the students who will pose a question or two. The professor may only be their to add background information or redirect the discussion. This freedom to allow students to work their own questions and issues out loud provided students with a confidence that they can use later on in …show more content…
It something that I noticed in my first Core class, that continued through nearly all of of my discussion sections. There are a few things that can cause a discussion to go awry. One being when the professor lectures in the discussion instead of allowing students to ask questions and discuss amongst each other. Second being when students do not discuss at all, they simply sit there and stare at one another. Third, and finally, when a discussion goes off the rails and is no longer related to the topic of that discussion. I find that these things really affect the learning atmosphere that Core so very much wants to

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