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  •  Could be that school is starting up soon. (5+ / 0-)

    My nephews start next week.  University starts soon after.  Teachers getting back into gear, looking for insight, looking for wisdom.

    'I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife." Molly Ivins

    by sap on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 11:31:33 PM PDT

    •  That's what it is (4+ / 0-)

      Especially at the college level.

      I see that. The kids coming on almost all need remedial math and English. They can't write, can't spell, can't do basic math, don't know science at all.

      But they want to be nurses, and doctors, and engineers, and programmers, because they think that's where the jobs are. They get frustrated very fast when they start to realize it will take an extra year to just get to the beginning of what they want to learn, and many of them never make it.

      I'm on the computer end of things, and I see this all the time. They don't have any real understanding of things. They learn enough to pass a test, and then it's gone. They don't seem to be able to build on what they've already learned, because they never really learned it.

      This is the kiss of death if you want to get into any computer field. You can't just learn something, you have to KEEP learning, because what you learned 2yrs ago has changed. The basic commands and functions stay, but the scaffolding they hang on changes all the time.

      And then, there's not one right way to do anything, which tends to drive kids NUTS. They want instructions and a path to memorize. That doesn't really exist in most programming or any creative field.

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