Alexander Coward, whose teaching approach was loved by students but not colleagues, is still at Berkeley -- sort of
Alexander Coward's official employment with the University of California, Berkeley, ended in the summer of 2016. But students will still be able to find him on campus once a week, holding office hours at a cafe. "I sort of realized, I don't need anyone's permission, apart from the students," he told Inside Higher Ed recently.
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"The American people are fighting the wilderness, physical and moral, on the one hand, and on the other are struggling to work out the awful problem of self-government," Charles W. Eliot wrote in The Atlantic Monthly in 1869. "For this fight they must be trained and armed."
Alexander Coward, a young mathematics lecturer at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, shot to unlikely fame in 2013 when his impassioned paean to college learning leaked online and went viral. The British academic had emailed 800 students to explain why he would continue teaching during a strike by university employees.
Il cinema ci ha raccontato spesso delle storie di insegnanti straordinari, fuori dagli schemi, a volte fuori dal tempo. Robin William, alias John Keating, ne "L'attimo fuggente" intimava gli studenti a strappare le introduzioni delle poesie dai libri di testo, a salire sui banchi per osservare la vita da un diverso punto di vista.
Campus In the shadow of University Hall, roughly 50 students and community members protested the termination of Alexander Coward, a lecturer in the UC Berkeley mathematics department whose experience has garnered significant attention on social media. The Facebook event for the protest had nearly 4,000 RSVPs, but slightly more than 1 percent of the intended were present at Tuesday's protest.
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"I email my students all the time-that isn't unusual," Alexander Coward tells us. "What is very unusual is for one of those emails to go viral." The UC Berkeley's math lecturer's surprise is understandable.