I accept that the school should be weeding those who aren't fit out. But one shouldn't have to seek education to prep oneself for a course in fear of getting a low grade. Now I end up educating myself and no longer needing the course except to get the shiny piece of paper (which was my situation in college... I stopped going because I had already learned what each course was teaching the year before getting to that course).
But say one takes a course, isn't equipped for it, gets mediocre grade. And even if they then brush up on it, or get better later, this lower grade still hurts their overall GPA and transcript.
Example, I was in college and had to drop classes repeatedly for an unfortunate series of funerals. Combined with unforgiving professors and deans, I got F's for said classes (even if the professors were forgiving, there's only so much they could of done, and I'd still have bad marks on my transcript). I come back take it again the following semester with an A. And even so, everyone is critical of my transcript because of some low grades... it's not like those new grades replace them. They BOTH exist. I'm not punished for my inability to do the study, I'm punished due to a lack of representing real learning experience in a school, and the current system punishes failure no matter if the failure is a learning experience showing growth, or a failure due to laziness or lack of aptitude. This lack of distinction is stupid.
I believe in higher education. I just think that our system is FAR from perfect. Not just a little, but far far far far FAR. It's mediocre at best. And even if it's the best in the world (some say), it's still not good enough.
This post has been edited by lordofduct: 11 December 2012 - 09:03 AM