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Re: Jimmy

That's true, Mia, on all counts. Yes, the bulk of us are ashamed, but also at somewhat of a loss to do anything about it! Hey, I have no problem with our neighbors from The Great White North taking the title of anything . . . except Stanley Cup Champs!

posted by JimmyA on April 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM | link to this | reply

Jimmy

I think America has been suffering through this decline in educational standards for a long time now, but it's only recently (recent being a relative term) that people have started to notice the negative effects. And I think Canada is more than ready to "take" your title - we're always ranked within the top 10 for international educational standards. Plus, we're really polite... 

posted by Mia890 on April 10, 2015 at 9:33 AM | link to this | reply

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Unsettling indeed, Sir Wiley, and embarrassing! And something tells me we're going to lose this 'world leader' title pretty quickly! Is Canada ready to step up and take the reigns? It's all yours, if you want it . . .

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 1:27 PM | link to this | reply

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It would seem, Kabu, that the times really have changed! Years ago, we, as students, always took pride in our work, and wanted to do well, in any subject. But with the lackadaisical approach by the professors today, it doesn't seem to matter, and it shows in the student's work! Sorry you were tired, but I'm glad you came back . . .

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 1:25 PM | link to this | reply

JimmyA

Very unsettling news report really when you think of the U.S.A. as the world leader.

posted by WileyJohn on April 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM | link to this | reply

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I was so tired James, but I came back and read you properly. Goodness, this is aweful and to think when I was doing my Nurse Teaching degree, I had to do a course on statistics expressly so we could do just as you said, mark on the curve.

posted by Kabu on April 9, 2015 at 8:38 AM | link to this | reply

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Thanks, Kabu. A gentle smile from a cutie pie kitty is probably what we all need right about now . . . 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM | link to this | reply

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Yes, lovelylady, sad but true. I remember, back when I was in school, we strove for A's and B's, could handle the occasional C, and actually felt bad receiving a D or, god forbid, an F! Now, kids don't have to worry about it anymore, because regardless of how poorly they do, they're almost guaranteed A's! Pathetic is right . . . 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:14 AM | link to this | reply

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I think I've heard the term before, lustor, but am not entirely sure what it's referring to. It probably doesn't matter anyway. 'Core' testing or 'simple' testing, these kids have no idea what they're doing anymore anyway . . . 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:11 AM | link to this | reply

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Unfortunately, C C T, it really wouldn't matter what the advisers say because the kids in college aren't really paying all that much attention to the work anyway, regardless of their chosen field! I can only imagine that similar situations are occurring in merry ol' England as well . . . 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Jimmy

Don't worry, Naut, I won't, although I knew that this would 'strike a chord' with you! Yes, many people have been 'aware' of this ongoing problem for quite some time, but know their hands are tied because of the pressure from parents and the university presidents who would rather see full enrollments ( more money, more money ) than empty classrooms! Do I smell a blog of your own on this topic in the near future . . . ? 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:07 AM | link to this | reply

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I hate to say it, Annicita, but sad is probably an understatement! It's also despicable and scary, knowing that these college grads are now out in the world with no idea what they're doing or what's going on! Terrible . . . 

posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:04 AM | link to this | reply

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posted by JimmyA on April 9, 2015 at 8:02 AM | link to this | reply

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posted by Kabu on April 8, 2015 at 5:46 PM | link to this | reply

Disgusting, pathetic, and and beyond sad...but oh so true.

posted by lovelyladymonk on April 8, 2015 at 2:14 PM | link to this | reply

here they are talking about doing away with what they call "core" testing.  Whatever that is

posted by Lanetay on April 8, 2015 at 11:51 AM | link to this | reply

It appears that kids go to college and take up courses of art and history. They then expect to get a job in some pie in the sky occupation. meanwhile  they have debts which probably will never be paid off and some companies

are crying out for engineers and technical staff. Surely someone could advise as to what the future holds.

posted by C_C_T on April 8, 2015 at 10:55 AM | link to this | reply

Jimmy

Thanks for posting that! I have firsthand experience with that sh*t, but don't get me started...

posted by Nautikos on April 8, 2015 at 10:33 AM | link to this | reply

 yes sad indeed

posted by Annicita on April 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM | link to this | reply

Grade inflation is a very serious problem. At Loyola College, it was a major issue while I was there. When school president Father Brian Linnane said that grade inflation needed to stop, students freaked out, and from what I have read, the matter was dropped.

In college, I saw so many people who turned in assignments late and did poorly. However, they still passed the course.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on April 8, 2015 at 8:28 AM | link to this | reply

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