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Is Higher or University Education killing or building dreams slowly? What should students expect when progressing iinto higher education?

Why would most top universities aim to accept top grade earners from high school with the intention of kicking them out after the first/second year at the university? Quite often by making the structure of the curriculum unnecessarily hard.

This realization comes from few first year students who were top grade earners from high school and now were kicked out of the university for not meeting the standards, which of course is the GPA faculty requirements. I wonder how these " I need to at least pass, get an A, just get a B" attitude intend to prepare these students for the future.

Universities are beginning to reverse the meaning of earning a university education, and in turn killing the creativity of the intellectual minds of students.

It is not that these first year students did not make the efforts to keep up with their grades, but if the focus in the minds of these students has been or is still "I need to at least pass, get an A, just get a B", how does this motive help a lot of students (future leaders/ world-contributors) affect the world when universities encourage these students to "shoe-box" their ideas by nurturing the mentality of " You need a certain grade to get into a certain program".

Universities intend to keep their "name" (reputation) and still make more money off students, especially International students, whose parents are still struggling to give them the best and some look up to these top universities as a guardian for their children. This, arguably has indefinitely caused high suicidal rates.
Even if the university is a money making industry, shouldn't these universities think to start re-evaluating this perspective they are choosing in working with the first year university students? many "could have been" Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Martin Luther(s) are been lost in the process of achieving a university education. So that other students are not surprised but prepared, what should they keep in mind before going into universities?


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    Oct 31 2013: Well said, Lejan.

    Inspiring teachers make the difference between a mediocre education and a truly great one. I can remember a university professor of mine who had that effect on me. He "accepted and nurtured [his] students' individual abilities and didn't hinder them to grow." I found myself looking forward to his lectures, and to talking with him after class. He was supportive and encouraging, and his mentoring gave me unique opportunities that defined my undergraduate education. I feel that most of my university "education" came as a result of my interaction and collaboration with him.

    In response to Mary's question, students should *expect* to be inspired: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." I believe that higher education is a time for students to unlock their potential and discover their passion. In my view, students should seek out professors who foster creativity and original thought.

    That being said, I agree with Robert Winner: there are many reasons why a particular student could fail, and perhaps there is too much emphasis placed on formal college education. And as Lejan notes, bad professors exist. But this shouldn't stop a "top grade earner" from seeking the ideal.

    I only wish that this paradigm were more prevalent among university students today.
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      Oct 31 2013: As long as we keep this questionable luxury to appoint professors by their expertise exclusively, your and others positive experience will happen more by good luck and chance than to be 'expect* to be inspired'.

      We have to changes this!

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