via the Chron of Higher Ed: What’s the Problem with Quiet Students?

I’m not sure I’m convinced by Mary Redo’s argument that quiet students represent a kind of subculture worth exploring, since undergraduate student silence and passivity could be considered a reflection of their previous “training” in K-12 schools that rewarded compliance and punished independence.  However, I do think there is something to the idea that silence is worth respecting in the course of a discussion, and that students (and their teachers) need more time to reflect.  So how much silence is a good thing?

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