A Funny to Read and a Bit of a Rant
June 15, 2005

Okay, so you've got to read this: The Speckled Band. And, if you've ever used Blog Explosion, check out his satirical post on that experience. My lemon Fruit2O nearly took out the laptop -- much laughter abounding.

So, I wanted to write something on education today, but I just got too tired and too depressed to do it justice, so once again, I deleted the thing before it grew beyond a couple of sentences and got totally bitter.

One of these days I'll get around to explaining why parents and high schoolers need to really research what college to attend - and NOT to rely on things like the Princeton Review. I'm sure every generation of teachers feels this way, but it just blows my mind how the standards are falling and how bad grade inflation has really gotten.

"Oh, Johnny tried, Mrs. Curnutt. Can't you just give him a B-? It will help his self-esteem so much if he doesn't get a C again this year."

Meanwhile, Johnny's learned to do less work and get higher grades.

Oh, I know the issue is more complicated than that . . . and I will talk about it when I can manage to not sound so viciously bitter over the whole thing.

Meanwhile, just remember, if you show up to class and turn in something for each of your three major papers, you will pass your comp class at Notre Dame. After all, it's not about the education you earn; it's about the networking opportunities during your four years.
Don't believe me? Here's a quote from their site:

Students who have attended FYC regularly and submitted all major assignments should earn As, Bs, Cs, or Ds only. (Fs are reserved for students who stop attending or who do not turn in one or more of the three Unit Assignments.)

Posted by Red Monkey at June 15, 2005 8:42 PM | Why Johnny Won't Learn and Mrs. Curnutt Is Tired of the System | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Jackie said:

This seems moderately disturbing to me.

June 15, 2005 9:49 PM
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