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TOPIC: The school system failing students.

The school system failing students. 03 Apr 2016 22:18 #9416

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I read a really interesting article by Dr. Ron Srigly about grade inflation and how the school system has become a business-oriented one, serving the student, but not in the way they should. People educate themselves to actually learn, I HOPE, because paying all that money to just get a piece of paper but not gain knowledge does not resonate with me, but the problem is that with grade inflation the bar has been lowered and somehow getting good grades is something that students expect in a greater scale today, while putting less effort in the work at the same time. I think it's really sad, because capitalism has created so many problems, and somehow even in the field of education students are seen as customers to keep satisfied? Education should be of a certain standard, because no one is done any favors by making it easier to get a good grade. It's so contradictory to the actual concept and reason education exists. He talks about “the majority of people who now make up the university and who have chosen to serve other interests (money, power, expediency, reputation, career advancement, convenience, compliance with the zeitgeist) in preference to the ones that were once our raison d'être — intelligence and learning for both our students and ourselves.”

The article/essay is super long, but super worth it to read. It talks about the problematic approach that exists right now, in a very relatable way. You can find it here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/dear-parents-everything-you-need-to-know-about-your-son-and-daughters-university-but-dont
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