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  • Anthony

    Rethinking contours of degree attainment at first glimpse appears practical. But, just what precisely are these competency-based degrees?

    • FriendlyGoat

      They very well might be exams that students cannot pass without a time-accumulated culture of knowing what’s to be on the tests and a method of “learning to” the testing regimens. There is a lot to be said for shorter times, less cost and less focus on extraneous subjects formerly required in most Bachelor’s programs—-but you’re right to be asking “what precisely” is this?

      • Anthony

        I agree and no matter what’s its called you cannot get around fundamental rule of education:content is skill and skill is content (to your point about learning and regimens).

        • FriendlyGoat

          There is always a possibility too that today’s high school students have been so indoctrinated with “collaboration” in classes that anything not done in a group will be unfamiliar, unappealing and overly difficult for them.

  • f1b0nacc1

    Of course they don’t want to give up the ‘4 year experience’…goofing off with abundant sex thrown in, and no serious obligations during that time? Who wouldn’t want that…
    How about this….let those paying the bills (and means the taxpayers if these snowflakes are using student loans to pay for their idyll) make the choices about just what sort of education that they are paying for. If the students don’t like it, they can find another source of funding, or (horrors) work for a living.

    • Corlyss

      My take exactly. They want the experience to be like it was shown in the movies in the 30s-early 60s.

      • f1b0nacc1

        More like the 70s and 80s….think ‘Animal House’…
        And it isn’t just the kids, I do a bit of volunteer work with some extremely bright kids in their teens, and the discussions with their parents about college (given my background, they all seem to think that I am the go-to guy on this….HA!) border on the surreal. Between those that are married to the notion of ‘ivy covered professors in ivy covered halls’ (my apologies to Tom Lehrer) and those that don’t want to deny their kids the whole ‘social thing’, none of these people are really thinking about education, but rather credentials and partying.
        Oddly enough ( or perhaps not so oddly, because after all, the kids are the ones who are going to be paying for it in the long run) the kids are far more practical about the whole thing, but they don’t have enough information to even begin to make informed decisions. They believe that it is either a 4 year residential school (and for these kids, an Ivy…), or working at McDonalds…

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