Wednesday, October 13, 2010

There's hope!

Two bottle-blond coeds at the table next to mine...

Blond 1: They don't teach us the normal way here, like, tell you what to memorize. They teach you how to do stuff.

Blond 2: commiserating grunt

Blond 1: No! I totally like it! I'm, like, learning stuff!


  1. Despite having to translate blondese, I think this captures the major shift from high school to college. Instead of learning the "facts" designed to hep you pass state exams or SATs, college focuses on training students for the real world. So it's about skills ("do stuff") rather than memorization (tests).

    The worst head-into-wall seems to be freshman comp. The first year of classes in science or math tend to rely still on memorization of certain facts, while freshman comp makes them learn to write. To memorize. And a lot of them don't know how to do it.


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