Commodified Education

“According to today’s New York Times, the high expectations of American tertiary students are leading them to haggle over their grades. The students argue that if they show up and complete all the required readings, they deserve an A, and that the act of putting in effort to meet the standards should be viewed positively during grading. Lecturers argue that merely meeting the standards required to pass a course – in other words, showing up and doing the reading – should only earn a C, as this constitutes the bare minimum required to pass. It’s the kind of argument that could easily rant on for pages, but there’s one line which, for me, perfectly sums up why the professors, and not their students, are correct. As James Hogge puts it: ‘Students often confuse the level of effort with the quality of work. There is a mentality in students that “if I work hard, I deserve a high grade.”’ This, to me, is as perfect a summation as one could find on the ultimate consequence of turning education into a commodity …” (more)

[shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows, 20 February]

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  1. fozmeadows Says:

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