I've been going to a complelely online public college (Thomas Edison State
College in New Jersey) for the past 4 months in order to finish my
bachelor's degree. I'm having to WORK now that I'm past the few
easy classes that didn't transfer in. I wouldn't call it substandard
by any means.
Sub standard eduction has become the order of the century. In the thousands of
years that organized eduction has been around when it created masters and
brilliant creative minds they have shrunk it all down to degrees printed on
rolls of toilet paper which as but one use.Education is a financial
industry windfall that has proven to be worthless eduction. I have no respect
for education anymore, its about money not knowledge, learning, interaction or
training. Its just the money and poor excuse to grant any of these students any
kind of degree other than a GED. Colleges that once relied on
benefactors and alumni for funding with strict standards for students to apply
for college has just become a money machine waiving everything a higher
education stands for to profiteer millions of dollars in federal aid to colleges
with no accountability or responsibility to the word and idea of education.
I have no problem with testing for competences. You still have to spend some
amount of "time" to develop the skill sets to earn those competencies.
Many people want something for nothing, however. I see it more often in
today's public education system. Articles like this make it seem like this
new system is prevalent and that anyone can do it. Not true. Most don't
have the drive to "teach" themselves anything. Well, I stand corrected.
Most will do anything to get on TV.
This would be ideal for my daughter. She's a single mom, worked part time
to attend school on grants, scholarships, and loans. Just when she was about to
receive her degree, only learned she needed "1 more class" but with
requirements on the grants, etc., would end up having to take meaningless
classes to satisfy that "one more class" which would then be, "well
the pre-requisite class has expired, so you will have to take both of them
over". Needless to say, she got tired of the runaround she was getting, and
thinks it was so the college could just get more money from the system, so
she's now quit school for the present, working two part time jobs so she
can pay for the classes out of pocket so the school can no longer get the money
from grants, etc. with making her take useless classes. She can only take so
many golf classes, and art, sign language, dance, bowling, etc., and math over
and over, (even though she passes them) rather than just the basics she needs.
You know, all of those required for a diploma that make you a "well rounded
XelaDave - I agree with you completely. What you know has nothing to do with
how many hours your posterior sat behind some desk. It is about competency...
not hours spent. If a student can express a mastery of a subject, the number of
hours spent in classroom is meaningless.The old education system is
dying a slow and painful death. Reading a book doesn't mean you know
anything. A body of work shows how a subject has been internalized... not hours
spent filling space in a room.There are lots of ways to learn...
extra-classroom stuff is usually much more effective.
The piece seems to assume that any credit based system is not competency based
as well- that somehow if one earns credit that this means there was no
competency based assessment in the course- what a simplistic argument- but then
again when you go to sell a product you have to convince everyone you have
something new and the old stuff is worthless- might want to check a few of those
assumptions prior to spending your money at many of the institutions mentioned
here- but also check the traditional places- they are not beyond improvement as
The race to the bottom begins. Anything to attract students and make a buck.
However, lowering standards (sorry but that is what it is no matter how you
dress it up) will cause most employers to check carefully what kind of program a
student was in and this is something that students really need to consider.