Group projects teach valuable lessons
The writer of the column “Group projects are a waste of students’ time” (Feb. 13) should spend less time dwelling on offensive and unfounded stereotypes (teenagers who only want to meet women, elders who can’t work a computer) and instead invite a real discussion on the pros and cons of group work. The piece seems to promote a work ethic that few professional employers would likely find desirable.
I support group work in classes because, regardless of the subject or the outcomes, it teaches an important lesson. In the real work environment of professionals, you have two choices when dealing with employees who are underachieving: you can build walls around yourself and be concerned with your own job performance (which management usually does not like to see), or you can be a peer leader and motivator and work to make all members of the team a success (which management usually loves). In other words, you can choose to part of the problem or part of the solution. The writer seems to clearly favor the former. Some groups work well and some don’t. That is also a fact of life. Regardless, we all have to deal with groups; it is just a matter of how we choose to proceed.
The column talks of life in a “real work” environment, yet after reading the column, I sure wouldn’t want anyone with that attitude in my work environment.