November 20, 2013

The Cult of University, Ctd

As a commenter wrote in response to an article in the Financial Times here:
"Attending 8 hours of lectures per week in an arts/humanities/social 'science' course is a waste of £27,000 except for the academically gifted."
That's the point I've made many times. What 18, 19 or 20 year old student is in the way minded to complete 200 page reading lists and use their own initiative to effectively structure their week around 8 hours of lectures? Not many. I wasn't able to. The average 18, 19, 20 or 21 year old needs structure, guidance and routine.

The 8 hour lecture model undoubtedly works for some, especially the academically minded. But this model cannot work for the majority of young people.

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