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Does an easy A, mean an education?
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After observing student comments made concerning a class in which they took at a well renowned college, I became shocked to find that the majority of students highly recommended the class not because they learned anything from the class but because it was an easy class and an easy A. Wouldn't be wonderful if all classes were like this and all you would have to do is not show up at all, or even be told what was on the test before it was given? It would be nice but its not the real world is it?

However, in my opinion, its not being honest with oneself by acquiring these grades by these means and this type of trend may reflect the attitudes of the educator. Never-the-less after viewing the numerous misspellings in the students comments for the class, I would believe it would hinder how a student would be able to obtain a job after receiving their degree from a school in the long run and giving a student an easy A, is not the answer.

I make no bones about it, I am no perfect speller or writer but when I went to college the person I had the most respect for was my professor who taught History class. I give this lady great credit not because she gave me an easy A, but because her class was the most difficult class I ever had. I learned so much more in her class because we all had to work hard for that A, and we had something concrete to show when we finished with the class and that is called an education.

In general I would rather walk out of a college with an honest F, than an A that was just given to me and I’d rather know what I was talking about than pretended to know about the subject when I went to apply for a job.

"If a man is a fool, you don't train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous."

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Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 06:56 AM

picturetaker, Charlie.

I agree. But what passes for 'education' now is often just enough to pass the standardized test, end-of-course, or the final.

I am no teacher, but what I tell my kids and their friends often relates as much to "how to.." in broad terms as it does to the specific subject at hand.

GIVE a man a fish and feed him for a day. TEACH a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

katieog commented on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think the situation you described is simply one of the results of the preposterous philosophy of "Everyone's a winner! There are no losers!"

Children grow up to believe they have amazing athletic prowess ("Look at all my medals!") and extraordinary mental acumen ("Look at all my A's!") and then they're shoved out into the real world and are stunned to find out the world is not so jazzed to have yet another virtual illiterate who believes he/she is the jewel in the crown.

No, the world does NOT owe you anything. You are NOT special. Life is NOT fair. We do our children a huge disservice by teaching them otherwise.

theflyonthewall commented on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM

No Child Left Behind has migrated to collge campuses everywhere ,so instead of focusing on education, professors are asked to assess ( Lean Six Sigma at work), instead of students they now have customers, instead of inspiration they must provide customer service.The professor with a low pass rate has a short career because the assumption is that he or she is incompetent and somehow responsible for transforming lotus eaters into scholars.To paraphrase holy writ: Render unto caesar the things that are caesar's; render unto business the things that are business:render unto education the things that are education.

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