Be an expert before college

Don’t we go to school and college to learn how to do things in the world and in our career? Then why do students have to have pre requisites in at least one of three things when applying for a major. We are supposed to learn in college that’s what we pay for.

I was reading Mindy McAdams blog and she posted about the new journalism concentration at New York University, called Studio 20. McAdams states what she thinks is good and bad about the list. I definitely have to agree with her dislike of number 3: “What I disagree with: Including mere “Web journalism and blogging” in No. 3 opens the door to a lot of people who are too scared of technology to succeed in this program, in my opinion. I’ve seen a lot of students who started up a free Blogger blog and barely even know how to add a link, let alone anything more challenging, to their online work.”

The World Wide Web is very overwhelming and to expect a student to know how to do HTML as soon as they get there can be discouraging. And even if a student is competent in the other areas then they may not apply because of the thought of having to be fluent in the website world.

I feel in today’s society we try to rush and have our children know too much before their time. Kids are taking college courses in high school and in college we are expecting them to know everything already and then pay for it to be taught again. We go to college to find ourselves and our interest.

Most kids will not get a job in what they major in college in because they have lost interest in the subject or they have found something else they are more passionate about. But we are expecting them to be experts when they are applying for a major in college.

Just a thought; what do you think about pre requisites in college courses?

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