Putting Educational Innovations into Practice.

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Comment by Cathy Wolf on February 10, 2011 at 5:45am
This video was made and posted quite awhile ago. The big question is, why are all these students in college in the first place when they clearly assume no responsibility for their own learning ? Some traditional college students today approach higher education as a means to an end -- an ordeal that must be endured in order for them to acquire a well-paying job in a field they think they want to work in for the rest of their adult lives.  The ordeal of higher learning is the trade-off for what they anticipate the reward of a college diploma will bring them. It is peculiar and unnatural that these students do not recognize the value of learning for its own sake, or for their own edification. They lack curiosity and sense of wonder about things, although they are not far removed from childhood when they should have experienced thee feelings and sense of awe about the universe. It is increasingly difficult to engage such students, particularly in required courses, with each passing semester. Somehow, perhaps at the secondary level, students who are not academically inclined, could be encouraged to seek vocational training, instead of college. Vocational training leads to secure employment and there is always a need for mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, and the like. In Europe, middle school students are tested and placed in appropriate career or college tracks, so by the time they graduate, they have marketable skills. Too many of American high school graduates not only have no idea what they want to do when they "grow up", but aren't even sure what skills they naturally possess or what they'd really enjoy doing based on a realistic self-assessment. Instead, more than 65% of college freshmen have to take remedial math, reading, and writing courses before beginning credit-bearing study. We'd all save alot of time, effort, and frustration if high school graduates were prepared for the workforce or adequately academically prepared for college at the age of 18.


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