Is the Administration Behaving Scientifically?
One would think that the top researchers would know that in any controlled experiment, only one variable at a time should be changed. That way, one can see the results of the changes. So why has MIT decided to change multiple factors for the Class of 2006; all freshmen living on campus, no more pass/ no record for the spring term, everyone having to take 8.02 taught in the Technology Enabled Active Learning format? And if it turns out that our class ends up really messed up (either in terms of grades, or mentally, or whatever), the administration will probably, without any input from the freshmen, blame it on the “lack of sponginess in the architecture at Next House,” build three more ugly dorms, remove pass/ no record entirely, and turn every class into the TEAL format. Because isn’t that what's best for freshmen?
Jonathon Long ’06