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Education system flawed

Oct. 7, 2005

by JOSH HORTON,editor in chief

I'm beginning to think a lot of students I know are about to get blitzed by the workforce.

More and more lately, it's been standing out to me that people don't want to work hard in college.

People in my classes complain about homework. Not that I love homework, either, but this attitude of students being offended when they're asked to do real work is disturbing.

I've done a couple of internships during my time in school, and they were hard. People in the business world aren't as nice as professors.

They don't accept a 75 percent attendance rate. There's no such thing as late work. Employers don't dock grades. They fire.

So it worries me when I see students waltzing through a magical fairground with candy lining the sidewalks.

Because the direct result of students living a dream world is that education can't be as hard as it used to be. It's not as hard as when my parents were here, and when they were here, it wasn't as hard as when my grandparents were in school.

High school degrees don't mean much anymore. College degrees mean only slightly more.

What used to be an adequate amount of education isn't anymore because the system is so much weaker.

But it's not like we can ask our professors to be harder. Everyone would fail. Our numbers would plummet.

This isn't just a Baylor problem. It's nationwide.

I have to think the problem is starting before college, in elementary schools and high schools across the U.S.

The public education system is weak, at best. Students are passed and pushed forward just because they're the right age. We're advancing students who don't have adequate language and math skills or a basic working knowledge of the Constitution and government.

And that's not doing anyone any favors. If people don't have to work through high school, they make it to college and expect the same thing.

Maybe the root of the problem is simply that we don't pay good people enough to teach. The ones who are talented either move up through the administration or leave the field in favor of something more lucrative.

Either way, the people the education system was built to serve get a raw deal.

And ultimately, we all do.

Editor in chief Josh Horton is a senior journalism major from Lorena.