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Re: Re: Educational standards: USA/Europe/College+ by Kid on 2004-02-10 12:43:53

I found that the educational experience is coloured very much by the people who seek to give the education. I got on well with a lot of my lecturers, and they taught well, and - thus - I got a lot out of it. However, some I didn't get on quite so well with, and found it all a struggle. If there were no interaction between teacher and pupil, there would be nothing to inspire, really, as once one reaches university level, one ought to strive to acheive something. The best people to give inspiration are those who have already acheived in the field. (In my opinion). Educationally, then, it can be hit or miss. However, life experience (which didn't enter your question) makes university (for me) something I would encourage everyone to partake in. From being lumped in with a load of people you don't know, to spending 3,4,5 years with them, getting a whole new life made - its all a wonderful, ahem, personal growth. I think, anyways.

Again, if I'm all wrong on my answer, let me know.

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Re: Re: Re: Educational standards: USA/Europe/College+ by JohnnyG on 2004-02-10 22:45:10  |  Reply to this
  Allright is my response Kid. Yes, the experience factor is a good thing and so I say too right. Difficult to analyse quantitatively but good nonetheless. I was lumped into compulsory courses in which the redneck population of Texas seemed to overwhelm the professors discourse with questions such as "you sure that Santa Anna fella was a Mexican cause I thought he was shit kicking Spaniard", also "How do I know the difference between a derivative and an integral in this here set of equations". What a humiliating way to spend a few hours Kid when the folks around you spoke of the process in which "souse" was made (essentially head cheese, if you know what that is). Looking back now it seems to have added to my cultural awareness but at the time it seemed pretty close to intolerable. Thanks for the input, it helps to quench my curiosity in the matter.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Educational standards: USA/Europe/College+ by Missy M on 2004-03-01 13:26:28  |  Reply to this
  I went to a small Arts and Humanities college in London,UK. I dropped out in the 2nd year because I had next to no support. I had 8 hours of contact per week, 4 in lecture situation with a staff:student ratio of maybe 1:70, and then 4 hours in seminars (more like 1:12)- we had no 1:1 time as the college chose to divert all funding into its creative arts programme and I was studying English. I had next to no money, was quite ill, and nobody ever explained what I was supposed to be doing. I guess that sounds whingy- but the drop out rate for my course was stupidly high bearing in mind it didn't require much to get on the course in the first place. We all hated it. I feel robbed by my university; I'm not thick and I should have been able to get a degree. I've been signed off sick ever since I left and am still heavily in debt.