I understand that at high school level or below, teachers usually spend extra effort helping those students who are struggling. However, how about at college/university level? Here are two philosophies:
- A college teacher should be well prepared for the lectures and explain concepts as clearly as possible. He/she may have office hours when students can seek assistance if needed. But a teacher is not responsible if a student is failing the course and does not take the initiative seeking help. If a small percentage of students do poorly in the class, do not bother to find out the reason; just given them whatever grade they deserve.
- Teaching well is not enough; a college teacher should also be a nice guy helping whoever are struggling in the course, even though the student never take the initiative seeking assistance. Spend extra time inviting them for a talk and find out the problems; help them as much as possible.
It seems that the second philosophy is big-hearted and will likely benefit most, if not all, struggling students. But it also means significant time investment and extra effort. Am wondering what is generally expected from a college teacher? Is philosophy 1 good enough?