I am taking an elective class to finish an endorsement program to add Reading onto my teaching license. This is a Masters degree class-but the class is designed for students in a special fellowship program for those who have never taught to get a quick Masters and teach in an urban school district (they have to have a science or math degree). When I signed up for this class, this disclaimer was not on the website.
There are three of us in the class who are certified teachers. A majority of the class grade is based on participation. The problem is that my professor has repeatedly asked the three of us to participate more in class. We try to, but we usually get interrupted and discredited by the fellowship students, and I'm sorry to sound mean, but most of what they say is very incorrect and not valid (it would be like me taking a med school class!). The professor doesn't do a whole lot to steer the direction of the conversation either.
In addition, the class is based on Urban Education, and we spend a majority of the time talking about Marxism, gay marriage, and legalizing pot. I have very little background in those topics, and I'm not sure how they relate to education, but I could tell you a lot about the book "A Framework for Understanding Poverty" and good classroom management techniques.
WHat should I do? I didn't drop the class because the first couple of weeks were not as bad as it has become now. Plus, I wanted to finish my endorsement program. In addition, while I don't agree with the prof's method of teaching, I will probably take more classes with her in the future.