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Caissa
University

Let the conversation continue.

Fidel

Overall cost for attending university has become far too expensive. I think publicly funded universities should look very hard at delivering online degrees and work to solve problems inherent with marking and cheating etc. Internet bandwidth is cheaper today than a few years ago. Why pour resources into educating 25 people in a class room when they can educate tens of thousands at a time? Udacity's Sebastion Thrun said recently that people need access to cheap education over longer periods throughout their working lives. One single degree doesn't cut it for workers anymore. Workers of today and tomorrow will have to specialize and commit to continuous learning. I think the current situation whereby young people go into debt to the tune of a house mortgage for one university degree will become obsolete eventually. They have to turn knowledge spigots wide open to the public at some point. 

Taking Emily Dickinson the Masses

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 Al Filreis is a cynic. The University of Pennsylvania English professor has been discounting extravagant claims about online education since 1994. And yet ... Al Filreis is an idealist. This autumn he will teach a huge online audience in a lecture-free format that explores the work of poets ranging from Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams.

Caissa

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has slapped a junior hockey coach with a one-year suspension for allowing his players to study for exams instead of attending the opening ceremony for a recent tournament.

In addition to coach Brian Cranford's suspension, the Mount Pearl Junior Blades team was fined $2,000 by hockey's governing body in the province.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/06/10/nl-...

Caissa

A woman who says she is the mother of the student who was at the receiving end of verbal abuse by St. Thomas University political science professor, Dr. Mikhail Molchanov, is extremely unhappy with the punishment the professor received for his conduct.

In an e-mail to the NBBeacon’s commentary section the woman stated, “ In my opinion nothing but a slap on the wrist and a paid vacation … I knew this would happen … but what goes around comes around … I am Robert’s very disappointed mother … What kind of people are educating our children???”

http://www.newbrunswickbeacon.ca/37399/stu-professors-classes-reassigned-instructors-term-2/

Timebandit

Her child is an adult - why is she the one speaking out?

Caissa

Depending on the nature of the student's disability, he may not be a very good self-advocate. Eight students in the class launched complaints against the professor.

NorthReport

Boo! Hoo!

With the current cost of university, 80% at least of the folks at university should be getting a trade and a job first, and go to university later on, but no, just buy into what is probably the biggest swindle ever perpetuated upon society.

Must be a lot of really dumb people attending university these days.

 

Caissa

As somone who has spent the last 33 years of his life at universities, I couldn't disagree with you more NorthReport. Universities create, preserve and distribute knowledge. Learning for its own sake is always good. The current attempt to turn universities into credentialling institutes and job factories is lamentable to say the least. Albeit some people are not ready for university at 18 and should explore other options.

abnormal

Caissa wrote:

As somone who has spent the last 33 years of his life at universities, I couldn't disagree with you more NorthReport. Universities create, preserve and distribute knowledge. Learning for its own sake is always good.

So far I'm with you.

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The current attempt to turn universities into credentialling institutes and job factories is lamentable to say the least.

True - however the humanities students that are working at Starbucks but thought their degree would lead to a "real" job were also deluded.

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Albeit some people are not ready for university at 18 and should explore other options.

Eighteen - try 17.  I went into university at 18 with Ontario grade 13.  My youngest is 17 and won't turn 18 until well into the second term of his first year.

Aristotleded24

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The current attempt to turn universities into credentialling institutes and job factories is lamentable to say the least.

True - however the humanities students that are working at Starbucks but thought their degree would lead to a "real" job were also deluded.

What about those with science and accounting degrees who are working at Starbucks?

Caissa

I went to university at 17 Abnormal. I have 3 degrees in areas that often fall in the Umanities depending upon the university (history and education). Any individual that believes their degree will lead to a "real job" (whatever that might be) has been deluded as to the purpose of univesities. 

NorthReport