Why smartphones are not sold in “Burger King”…

Right now, I am wondering why famous fast food chains such as Burger King and Mcdonald’s don’t offer iPhones (and other electronics) on their menu. I would love to walk into a Mcdonald’s and order an iPhone 6s with fries. Can you imagine if you order a Xbox One and double cheeseburger at any “fast food”chain? It sounds weird and crazy. Maybe Molly Worthen would know?

After reading, the New York Times article. “Lecture Me. Really.”from Molly Worthen, an University of North Carolina assistant professor of History and two additional articles from Slate.com columnist, Rebecca Schuman (“Professor Shouldn’t Only Teach to Younger Versions of Themselves”) and from some students (in a writing course) from the University of Illinois (“A Lecture From the Lectured”), in which both have arguments towards Worthen’s articles (and from one to the other), I just thought about my iPhone and a cheeseburger.

From the start of our educational careers, we learn about two separate ideas that feuds with one another. One of those ideas is creation; which is connected to art and opinion. The other idea is evolution; which is connected to science and facts. The feud of these two ideas are prevalent in two of the three articles that I mentioned in this writing.

Molly Worthen’s NYT article that started the whole lecture debate within education audiences, is an example of the mention ideas clashing. In the article, Worthen was trying to go against the argument of anti-lecture believers who are on the science side of the field. This is evidenced when she referred to quotes from a chemist and a physicist who are both are from Harvard, both against lecturing and both who (may I mention again) are involved with science. She also brought up a 2014 study that showed  “test scores in science and math courses improving after professors starting using active learning.” It’s easy to conclude that those professors either taught math or science classes.  Worthen states that she is a History professor. Bringing up anti-lecture professors who are in the scientific field is not a good way to support her pro-lecture claim; especially with her being in the art side of the field. It’s bias.

Just in case, any of you may be thinking, about history being on the same lane with science and math, I am here to tell you that’s not really true. When it comes to history involving the actions of people in the past, most of us learn by opinion. In the art side of education, we are all in a system in which asks us to suspend of our disbelief and take in what our teacher tell us, so we can pass “their” tests and get good grade that allows us to move up. Active learning is not really useful for teaching an “introductory American history course.”

Response to her article should be simple. However, there are some who over thinks and complicate the unnecessary. The response article from Slate.com columnist Rebecca Schuman, is just an air filled rant. It’s like Schuman saw the article, became emotional and just started typing. It’s hard to convince people in that fashion. She had points but she failed to point out of Worthen’s factually clear flaws in the own belief. You can’t say Burger King has a better cheeseburger than Mcdonalds because you went there 10 times in the past. You have to survey people who are doing that now. A better way to respond to an article like Worthen is shown by students from the University of Illinois.

In their article (which is responding to both Schuman and Worthen), the students pointed out that both articles failed to “quoted an actual college student.” It’s was like Schuman and Worthen were treating students as third wheel dogs who do not know what is good for themselves. But, that’s not what really made their response good. If you had read the article, you may notice that the student did not use facts from resources to support their claim. The reason is because they are the facts. They are the ones who are experiencing the whole thing. So, they were able to use their current experience as facts to construct a reasonable objection. The “A Vision of Students Today” video from Mike Wesch almost gives a visual of what student of the University of Illinois are saying. Overall, their article is good but not perfect.

A group of students from a writing class from another school cannot speak for students in the other majors and schools. A current columnist for a website cannot say what works for any student today. A history professor who is on the corner of wondering why Best Buy does not sell burgers and have clear bias towards Harvard and science should not be able to exploit students to support her own belief. All of the articles, took part of an idea and turned into a separate subject to question. Students are able to pick their own classes so it is their responsibility to pass their classes.


Do you think that some people are rightfully or overreacting to Worthen article? Why?

Do you think any of the mention articles and videos are exploiting you as a student in any way?

11 thoughts on “Why smartphones are not sold in “Burger King”…”

  1. Hi Chenell. First off you wrote this blog very creatively. I read each and every word from the title to the last sentience with strong interest. You have some very strong thoughts about the two articles. I agree that Molly Worthen and Rebecca Schuman had two different ideas on how classes should go. Molly Worthen had strong backup details in her article. She even gave good backup and statistics. Where on the other hand Schuman’s article was a rant towards Worthen. They both did forget something important in their articles, which was the opinion of students. Something you said that stood out to me was “You can’t say Burger King has a better cheeseburger than McDonald’s because you went there 10 times in the past”. That is a good way of looking at it considering the two authors are not considering the opinions of college students. I strongly agree with your blog!

    1. Hi Chenell I really like the way you started your first paragraph. I was so interested in reading through it all because I wanted to find out the point you were trying to make.While I was reading I was thinking definitely not a good idea to have iphones at the checkout of a fast food chain not a good combo. But then I started thinking of the articles written by Rebecca Schuman and Molly Worthen do they try to find evidence and arguments to support the facts of what they believe is the right thing to do because in Worthen’s article she says “Those who want to abolish the lecture course do not understand what a lecture is.” To me that sounds like she’s trying to convince the reader of what she feels is correct and in Schuman’s piece I feel that she’s trying to convey the point of the student because of what she feels is correct in her thoughts by interviewing the students and describing there point of view which I thought was a good idea.

  2. I must say that I strongly agree with your bog. There is a particular word that caught my attention and summarized it all, “evolution” this term is what the authors of both articles missed to focus on. We are living on different times and everything has changed. What a student was 20 years ago cannot be compared with what is a student nowadays. Also, the learning processes as well as the expectations from a class have improved drastically. Actually we are no longer in a time where the professor is the only one who is right all the time. There is a humongous amount of new resources to help student understand topics better then lectures in a class.
    On my personal opinion, there is nothing wrong with the perception of student that Schuman and Worthen have, however they only described one side of the coin. That’s why it is very important to understand that class settings should be adjusted for the disinterested and distracted student, in addition to the “A” student who absorbs what professor explains without any difficulty. In this way, it will be possible to achieve the goal of the class: learning something.

  3. I think that people’s reaction to Worthen’s article is very understandable. Everyone’s opinions differ, because we are all unique individuals. Lectures work for some people and active learning works for others. Worthen’s article struck a note with people, encouraging them to speak their minds. I was very happy while reading “A Lecture from the Lectured” and watching the students video, because the students were mentioned in the previous articles, but not actually involved. They were only involved in the research done for the abstract we read, and even then their opinions were not expressed, it was simply the facts of how well they did with the two different teaching techniques. As a student, I understand why the students made their article and video. They felt excluded from something that is directed towards them. It’s to teach and help them, so why were they not involved? Thus, they said how it affects them, how they truly feel “Nothing will guarantee our attendance if we do not have the opportunity to challenge our professors, ask them questions, and engage with our paying classmates.”

  4. Well done Chenell, I agree with a lot of the points you made. I also disagree with an awful lot of them. The way you set up your point set an especially wonderful stage for the rest of your article. Your point that bringing in the two Harvard professors is a worthless thing to bring, I think is incorrect to an extent. She wasn’t necessarily trying to prove anything with that statement; she was merely using the professors as a way to make a separation between the sciences and the humanities. She brought the professors, did not disprove them, in essence just said “Yeah, your points are fine and dandy… for the sciences. But the humanities are another animal.”

  5. Hello Chenell. After reading your blog, l really think that Worthen’s and Schuman’s articles do not convince me enough, for they don’t have enough quotes.Maybe some people will think Worthen’s article is not good, even strongly disagree with her,for she didn’t think in their standpoints.
    To me,if a professor arouses my interest in a class,l will pay more attention on it. ln my opinion,lecture is not only for us, as students, to participate,but also for professors;because it’s an interaction between us,and it’s very necessary.It’s my first semester in Queens College.Luckily,some of my professors are good at making “Active learning”.They let students discuss and think,and it doesn’t matter your answer is correct or not.l think only in this way can most students learn how to think,analyze,or debate effectively.
    At the same time,l don’t know whether l can write so many paragraphs like you do.To me,you did really good!

  6. I enjoyed reading this blog! I loved the creativity and analogies you presented. This made the blog interesting and made me want to continue reading. I liked how you presented your argument later on. The incorporation of creation and evolution created detail. It allows the reader to comprehend that there is a generation gap. With the rise in education, students hold their own opinion based on their beliefs. I agree that we as students need to make the effort to ask questions and engage with our classmates, but don’t you think professors should also make an effort to engage, “ask questions, make jokes, bring in their dogs” to create an energetic and welcoming vibe during the lectures?

  7. Hi,Chenell. I really like your title and the first paragraph. They are so absorbing that make me want to keep reading the rest of your blog. To be honest, I wasn’t quite understand those two articles and after read some of your opinions I feel more clear now.
    From my opinion, lecture is necessary, but not the only necessary thing for students. To let students thinking, discussing and summarizing in class are also important for them. For example, I have an environmental science course this semester; and it includes a lab class and two lecture classes every week. It’s fun and useful for us, and I think most of students like that kinds of courses.

  8. Very interesting article Chenell! Your title is a perfect example of how to draw the readers attention. I strongly agree with your blog. Every student has their own way of learning. Molly Worthen and Rebecca Schuman have completely differing ideas on the matter. Both articles showed concrete evidence supporting their claim. However, these articles were mostly based off the ideas of professors and “experts”. In reality it’s the students getting the education not the professors. The students opinions should be more considered than so called “experts”. I also agree that Schuman’s article was just an emotional rant against Worthen. Very well said and creative blog expressing those points!

  9. I dont think that Worthen or Schuman were exploitative in their articles. Although they were opposed in this conversation about lecturing, I thought they both wrote with a passion for education, not for their own sake. I think this because I don’t see how they could really benefit that much from convincing people of what they were saying. I had a hard time understanding your fast food comparison, were you just giving another example of things that should stay in their lane? If so then I agree and think that that is the answer to this dispute. If active learning is pushing people studying sciences and math to new heights, god bless them. But if active learning is not as ideal for education in the humanities, then lecturing should still prevail.

  10. Hello Chenelle, you used very creative imagery to paint a vivid picture about the idea you wanted to convey. It created a very captivating tone and was a pleasure to read. I personally felt that Worthen’s article seemed to come off as almost too opinionated, so much so that I didn’t care or feel convinced when she concluded her article. She seemed to quote only individuals who were clearly fans of the traditional college education process, a process which tends to favor large lecture halls and less personal engagement between the lecturer and student. This environment tends to lose a great deal of interest and active listening on the students’ part, because honestly most of us can agree that a phone is more appealing than a monotonous rambler speaking about what it means to be human in the most painful way possible. I found that her heavy opinions topped off with seemingly biased citations lost my agreement on the issue. I feel slightly left out/exploited when considering the mentioned articles because as Sumedha said, although there is great debate and speculation on the environment that students learn in, there is really no consideration made to students themselves and their thoughts on their college learning experiences.

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