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  •  there's one little problem (4.00)
    The kids coming out of high school now have HORRIBLE skills. They can't calculate to save their lives, many of them couldn't problem solve if you gave them directions, and frankly, they don't know how to THINK.

    I work in a community college. I teach sometimes. Some of the kids are just great. Others are smart, but don't seem to be able to go from step one to step two without somebody holding their hand.

    You can't master the biology, language, and math necessary to be a nurse if you can't read at more than a 4th grade level, don't understand any science, and can't add 4 numbers without a calculator.

    Not to mention that the nursing schools are pretty full, overflowing full. At least, ours is.

    •  Too true (4.00)
      in every respect.

      My brother also teaches - college humanities - and is in tears at the general illiteracy (and lack of interest in learning) of his typical post high school students.

      My wife's greatest joys are with the 'non-traditional' students in her program - older, second/new career, international/ESL etc. She finds the level of motivation, critical thinking skills, etc. to be quite high in this group.

      And yeah, if we think the nursing shortage is bad, the nursing faculty shortage is worse. Fat chance that FratBoy and his gang will even consider doing anything there...

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 08:14:00 AM PDT

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