Letter to the Editor: A Quick Tip to Taking Control of Your Education

Are those incessant LAF/LAIs bringing you down? Do you feel like you are drowning in busy work? Did you know that you have control of your education? Here is a way to take the reins of your education. You can email your professor and tell them, “I would like one of the learning outcomes of our class to be ______ (Examples: Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, or a Race and Ethnic Studies component).” By doing this you are asking your professor to add a unit or a few lecture topics on whatever you want to learn out of your class. Maybe you hope to better understand political ecology or tie economics into your history class. Or maybe you would like to add some gender studies to your business class. Make your education your own by communicating with your professors these goals at the beginning of the semester.

 

Example Email:
Hi Prof. _____,
With the new National Climate Assessment that distinguishes climate changes’ impact on the United States and its influence on our economy, I was hoping to include climate change as a learning outcome for our Econ 100 class. This report emphasizes the importance of our actions today to influence our future risks. Adding a section on climate change into our class will allow students to better be prepared to mitigate and adapt to future economic and environmental issues. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

Take control of your education through communication with your professors and influencing the learning outcomes of your classes. As students, we should keep our professors accountable to upholding a 21st-century education.
Photo contributed by Redlands Bulldog photographer Miracle Cariaga. 



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