Saturday, February 04, 2006
Dh has to work again--oh to be a University prof, raking in the millions, holidays whenever you want to take them, flexibility in work schedule.
DH's peers in industry always say--well you've got so much freedom in your work (if you can get a grant for it--and they only fund projects with immediate payoff these days), you've got great holidays (which you never take), great flexibility with time (sure if DH comes home an hour early on a Wednesday (as in 4 pm after going in at 5 a.m. some days) he can make it up by working all day Saturday).
Education is now a business. This is the same the world over. Students pay big fees and EXPECT to pass. They expect not to work, to be hand fed their exam questions and course work. They complain if they miss an exam? And get to retake it? What about the poor buggers who were up all night studying for the exam and did it on time? Why do (generally) lazy-assed students get an extra couple of weeks to retake an exam they should have only missed for hospital appointments and death in the family?
OK--that is the extreme, I know most students still work hard...but not like it were in my day (thick Yorkshire accent here)
How do we measure the quality of student education in a world that is graded from 65-100%? There was a reason for the 1-100% range--it meant you could actually make good students stand out from the bad/mediocre. I know exams aren't everything, but course work is the same!
Can you see me when my kids are at school? What do you mean you got a C??? Where's the teacher's phone number :) Sounds crazy but I bet it happens with some parents.
OK rant over.