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Tufts University: Ronna Johnson - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Ronna Johnson | ENG059 - Continuity of American Literature| English2006-04-09

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I took this class four years ago, and with the benefit of hindsight as well as having had the pleasure of taking plenty of other courses in the English department, I can say without question that Johnson was the worst teacher I've had at Tufts.

I don't want this to veer off into an ad hominem attack since there are already so many problems to consider with Johnson's teaching itself, but, to be frank, Johnson is incapable of treating her students as human beings, a fact that manifests itself in her condescending and cloying attitude during class discussions, and in her unfair and half-hearted grading of written assignments.

Tellingly, this poisonous teaching style infects her lectures as well. There, every nuance and complexity of the work being discussed is bludgeoned and bent into an ideologically sound morality lesson which doesn't even have the benefit of converting students to leftist causes, and, in fact, if anything probably turns more people toward conservatism than any amount of FOX News could ever hope to.

In short, if you'd prefer to read and discuss literature instead of hearing interminable stories about the glories of the '60s and screeds about the apathy of your generation, then you might consider avoiding Johnson's classes.

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