More panic in British universities. Students are becoming so badly educated in ‘basics’ that they are needing ‘catch-up’ classes in Math and English. Indeed, many of our future doctors, scientists and engineers cannot add up properly.
One finding came as a surprise to vice-chancellors – the fact that many students rely heavily on Wikipedia to help with their essays. Which is, of course, totally non-academic, isn’t it? But are many of our students any longer academic?
Sadly, I think not. We live, today, in a society that demands instant gratification for minimum amount of effort. If our young people live like this, and it is said to be good, then it is inevitable they will take this ‘ethic’ into learning.
Of course, the students will be blamed for this lacking, and it cannot be any different – the buck stops with them. But I think it’s time we looked seriously at this instant gratification ethic, before our ‘professionals’ dumb down towards imbecility.
© Anthony North, January 2008
From my Diary - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEYOND THE BLOG
I don’t normally post a Diary piece on a Wednesday, but as it’s Beyond the Blog’s birthday I’ve made an exception. The blog has gone through many incarnations in its first year, but now I feel I’ve got it about right ...
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