Now don’t get me wrong after raising six children I know the importance of a good education. I myself went back to school after 20+ years in the Mommy trenches to finish the degree I abandoned to have a family and raise my children. I knew how to study, how to work hard and since my youngest was now old enough to go to school himself I also had a part time job, as do most students today. Actually a large group of students have to work full time and go to school part time and many are also returning students with families to care for. So not only do they have to deal with the pressures of college work, a regular job but they have to keep a roof over the heads and food in the bellies of the people they are responsible for.
Which brings me to the first story about a professor in a Community College in Utah Valley. I’ll bet you didn’t know that the state of Utah is has one of the highest, if not the highest, percentage of college graduates in the country. One reason of course is BYU and the other is that people don’t want to leave the area. BYU is difficult to get into due to the high grade point average needed for admission. The people who live there, in Utah Valley, and those who send their children there ,value education and most are willing to accept the stressors and responsibilities that go with that education.
That said, anyone who has ever been to school knows there are teachers who feel their job is to “wake up” students. They live to fail their students with an almost sadistic glee. These teachers don’t seek to educate, they seek to dominate. They want to be known as the “grade point smasher”. The only way one can make a decent grade in these kinds of classes is to abandon all other classes and responsibility and focus on this class and this class ONLY. If this teacher teaches the “capstone” class for your degree, you might as well change majors. It has very little to do with your previous work, this class and this class alone determines whether you’ve wasted two-four or more years or not.
Many of these teachers find it impossible to teach entry level courses because they teach their courses as if the students already know the material and are proficient in the knowledge there of. Students do not come to class already knowing the course material. They are there for the instructor to teach them the material. While I will agree there are always student that are lazy and some that should not be attending college, if half the consumers of your product have a problem with it, it would appear you have a significant issue. You could either get rid of the problem professor or get rid of the students and since the students are PAYING for an education and the professor is PAID to educate them it would seem pertinent to deal with the professor issue. The issue you can actually affect.
Next is a fun little article about a college wide game of Zombies vs Humans. Now there were many commenters on the story who it seems didn’t finish the article (which I sometimes do myself, mea culpa). If they had they would have read the the purpose of the exercise was to help the students understand that they could have fun and recreation without drugs or alcohol. A laudable goal on most campuses (or campi for the Latinist). As I stated before most students are under many other pressures as well as those connected with their education, so blowing off steam seems to be a good thing.
Apparently from the tone of the comments however this is not the case. No fun should be had, no steam should be blown, no downtime should be allowed, noses to the grindstone should be the order of every minute, of every day. It would be interesting to see what the posters do daily. No hobbies, no families, no TV, video or gaming happens in their homes I’m sure. They just go to work, go home, go to bed,work, home, bed,work, home, bed every day. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and not dull as in boring but dull as in not lit from within. Dull as in “why am I here, what is my purpose and why do I have to continue to live”. Not many of us are privileged to work in a career that satisfies both our financial and personal needs. Those personal needs we get from others, from things we like to do, hobbies, games, entertainment. Those things are important too and we learn from them as well.
We could however raise a generations of Dr Sheldon Coopers ( while much on Wikipedia is suspect, this article is concise and spot on). What they’d do with those who don’t measure up doesn’t bear thinking about. In the mind of the super intellect humanity is simply a cancer that needs to be removed or are veritable amoeba too stupid to be of any real use.
Don’t believe me, just ask Dr. Cooper, he’ll tell you. He has NO filter.