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Has the university lost it's purpose for preparing its students for the future?

It is still unbelievable to recognize that most top universities aim to accept top grade earners from high school, with the intention of kicking them out after the first or second year at the university 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.

Is this now how universities are deciding to change the meaning of earning a university education, and in turn killing creativity of the intellectual minds of students?

Again, 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".

This is to propose that these 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 put a little trust into these top universities to guide them.

This of course 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 their students, especially first year university students? somehow,many "could have been" Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Martin Luther(s) have been lost.

Isn't it supposed to give the basics for the outside world in reality?


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  • Feb 24 2012: I think an important distinction that needs to be made is the difference between training and educating. Education simply provides information. Training provides individuals with useful skills and abilities, it develops ability. Many subjects emphasize education far more than they do training. As such, when students leave college, they have no real training in anything. They may know a whole lot about history, or art, or society, but they've been given no way to apply that knowledge. As such, education systems ought to be shifting their focus toward providing students with useful abilities and talents in addition to simply knowing things.
    • Feb 24 2012: I agree. What would you advise these set or students in this spectrum?

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