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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: Mary,
    I do not believe higher education kills or builds dreams. They offer an education, which may/may not support individual's dreams. The student is partially responsible for either possibility. When students attend an educational institution, it would be helpful if they were prepared to learn, which requires time and energy on their parts.

    I do not agree that "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."

    As the mom of a student labeled "gifted", I can share the fact that the reason he was almost NOT invited back the second year at university, had nothing to do with the curriculum. It had to do with his choice to party, rather than study.

    Fritzie brings up a good point...some students may not be equipped to deal with the freedom of university life. I've observed several top students from my small town, go off to big universities and feel lost. They move from a very small town and school, where they excel, into a much bigger environment, which may feel overwhelming. I talked with one young man who expressed the idea that in high school, he excelled at academics, sports, music, etc. When he went to a large out of state university, he felt like a "nobody". So, I think university life takes some adjustment, which has to happen with the student.

    A university cannot "kill" creativity, which the student is partially responsible for. There are certain standards which need to be met, and the student will meet those standards or not. How does this motivate students who may be leaders in our world? I suggest that if they cannot apply themselves, and adjust to university life, they may not be able to apply themselves in other settings either. Those who apply themselves and adjust to the situation, will probably be our world leaders.

    Do you have information regarding suicidal rates?

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