Monday, January 17, 2011

And So It Begins...Again

Tomorrow marks the start of the Spring semester; one of many semester starts I've now been a part of and while there are always a handful of surprises and unique quirks, it's fairly predictable that it will be absolute mayhem and so much that is wrong with the education system in this country will be revealed yet again.

This is not a knock against the school where I work but rather the education system in general, the one that was supposed to educate the young minds that find their way into our hallowed halls. You would think that people prepare themselves in some way for the start of a college semester, and while the career track students and the "older" population often have a head on their shoulder, the "kids" coming from high school almost all seem to be in a heap of trouble.

It would amaze you to know how many people come to school on day one and request a copy of their schedule. This always baffles me because it was they who signed up for the classes in the first place, in many cases, specific sections chosen because of the particular date/time it is offered.

I would surprise you to know how many of these "traditional" college age students have no clue what their social security number is.

It might perplex you to think how many people wait in line for service any any of the areas a student may require service (registrar, bursar, help desk, etc.) and get to the front of the line with no form of identification on their person.

Worse yet, even if you might show lenience here on what will be day one of the semester, you might (or might not) be mystified as to how many people can't keep track of their passwords.

All of this never gets any less frightening to me. It seems the USA is content to barely educate our children. Even communist Russia had a significantly more sophisticated system of education, that worked. We need reform desperately and sadly, the laziness of the American people, particularly the unionized teachers across this country who would never give in to reform as a whole, that spells continued doom.

Before closing, I should give credit the the handful of school districts in this country that have stepped outside of the box and are experimenting with the school day and academic year in the hope there is a better way than the archaic, broken systems currently in place.

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