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As a secondary teacher for 40 years, I know that many very intelligent students don't succeed in "academics" yet would be brilliant doing something concrete. We are sending kids to college who have no business being there. You can attempt to prepare everyone for college as Race to the Top professes to do, but many students just need to learn by doing not by studying. We are making kids feel like failures by asking them to do that for which they really are not suited. We don't need more kids in college, we need more options for kids after high school.
People who scream for school reform should understand that the government has been "reforming" schools for quite some time now with the result of dumbing them down. I am forced to do so much less academically in my classes that I did 30 years ago.
I don't get it. Got married at 21 and bought a house under the GI bill. Went to school for 3 hours at night and finished college courses while fathering three children and working eight hours a day and still got 8 hours sleep at night. That left 5 hours to fool around.
Get real American 'brats' and get off your fat ****.
The universities exist to make money, so if they think there is a demand for socio-economic minority studies, or advanced scientific puppetiering they will offer them. Specialty degrees should be left to graduate schools and not used to sucker in dreamy wide-eyed students just out of high school.
That money grabbing attitude by universities is why many graduates have only a "few skills" along with a big debt.
The problem is over half the courses needed to graduate,
are just general study courses that fatten up the tuition bill.
what would a cut down version cost?
It is surprising that Harvard put out such a misleading report that appears to be very flawed. Some of these schools are feeder schools; therefore, they have a very high transfer rate. To classify transferred students as dropouts completely distorts the results. I would expect better from Harvard.
Some of the stats in this article are bogus.
"college dropouts cost the nation $4.5 billion in lost earnings and taxes".
Aren't we counting our chickens before they hatch? How do you count something that you don't have?....Sounds like federal government accounting 101.
It took me 8-1/2 years to finish college, because I was working full-time and attending classes part time. I'm proud to say that I DID graduate finally!
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