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Have degree, can’t handle life or work… Friday, 20 January 2006

Posted by R Garfield in Views On News.
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Most students at community colleges and four-year schools showed intermediate skills. That means they can do moderately challenging tasks, such as identifying a location on a map. But they can’t handle more challenging tasks:

For example, the students could not estimate if their car had enough gas to get to the service station.

So reports CNN on the sorry state of college student’s life skills. These are people pursuing 4 year degrees. Does anyone else find this frightening?

I mean, it’s true I had trouble in physics, in college, but at least I can balance a checkbook and figure out tips in restaurants – something this study says these aspiring young professionals have difficulty with.

I already mentioned elsewhere that my friend the microbiologist told me that new hires – college and university gruaduates – coming into her lab can’t extrapolate from what they learned in school to handle similar situations – they need a ‘recipe’ to follow. People working in medical labs that can’t think outside the textbook – or at least apply what they learned from the textbook – scare me.

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1. R Garfield » Education, Work Force to play a part in Virginia’s future - Friday, 20 January 2006

[…] There are reasons for some of the classes that 750 Volts’ Kenton Ngo has such fun avoiding doing his homework in; the challenge is to make those classes relevant and meaningful, rather than rote reguritation of over-processed, homogenized slop that’s fit only for job-losing, welfare-needing workforce monkeys. (With apologies to Mr. Jaquith, for stealing and butchering his terminology.) […]


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