How I Aced College-and Why I Now Regret It

Kevin Carey, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Feb 19, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Kevin Carey may have coasted through university, but I didn't; I worked very hard. Not so much on my classes, which were mostly a breeze, but on other activities, especially those centered around the student newspaper. It's not actually hard to earn a university degree - I have long contended that it is well within the capacities of just about everyone, given the right circumstances. But it is hard to earn a quality education, whether in university or out. Suggesting that if we just make university harder we can make everyone get a good education misses the point. Sure, we can keep people like Carey in the classroom and out of the pub. But that would not give him a real education. That would require personal dedication and effort, a desire to achieve that goes beyond doing what you're told to do. That he does not understand this today is evidence that he did not learn this then.
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