My department head sent a link to a NY Times story, today, discussing a study that found that individuals who aren't prepared for college don't do well in online classes.
First of all, I fail to see how this is a problem. Actually, that's not quite right. I have a problem with the fact that we, as a nation, are so invested in this "college for all" schtick that people have a problem with ninety percent attrition of those who are unprepared--either for the level of work expected, or for the self-direction required--failing out. I have a problem with the idea that instructors in traditional classroom settings are expected to hold hands, wipe noses and asses, and generally baby the students who shouldn't be in college in the first place.
I have a problem with traditional universities getting their panties in a bunch because some professionals who are capable of completing advanced degrees with more self-direction than many professors are capable of, but don't have the time or inclination to sit through bullshit classes. I have problem with the new legal requirements of online courses (at least in MO, but the indication is it's likely nationwide) calling for eduspeak that most for-profit online colleges can't hire someone to produce for each one of their classes, without raising their prices and cutting into their profit margin. I have a problem that only the otherwise unemployable are being accommodated with this legislation.
I have a problem with nobody else having a problem with the fact that those of us in the classroom are expected to deal with students who shouldn't be there, and are expected to simultaneously retain our rigorous grading standards and make sure every idiot that steps foot in our classes, online or traditional, passes with a good grade.
The system is broken. I don't think it can be fixed. All I'm doing now is killing time, taking home a paycheck, and trying to ignore the creeping feeling of futility.
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