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EDUCATED OR JUST GETTING A DEGREE?
 
By: Dan Miller

EDUCATED OR JUST GETTING A DEGREE?

A recent news item: “To spare the fragile egos of their charges, teachers at Uplands Manor Primary School in England have been ordered to begin using green, rather than red, ink to grade papers. ‘The red pen has negative connotations,’ explained one administrator, ‘and can be seen as a negative approach to improving pupils’ work.’”

Yes, we certainly don’t want to damage the fragile egos of our students. That’s why the Study of Higher Education, which traces an eighty-year decline in college general education requirements, demonstrates that nearly every major university now awards a severely diluted bachelor’s degree. The University of California at Irvine now offers freshman English students the choice of writing a weekly essay about either a piece of assigned literature or their favorite TV show. Many university English majors are no longer required to read Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Don’t expect a college or university to be responsible for your “education.” Make sure that in addition to what is being offered in your coursework you are seeking out the knowledge you need. And commit now to being a “continuous learner.”



 








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