Volume 94, Issue 18


OPINIONS

Reader outlines thoughts on education

USC needs to re-visit autonomy issue

Reader outlines thoughts on education



To the Editor:

Education is a broad topic, encompassing countless definitions. It can be loosely described as the quest for the attainment of knowledge. In this quest for knowledge, there are no obstacles to learning except educators themselves.

I think at Western the status quo remains. Students will pretend to learn, profs will pretend to teach and the university will continue to bathe in money.

Modern society is dependant upon industrial production methods in every field, from automotive production to soap. Sadly, education has fallen prey to these methods. In a very simple analogy, students are like cars. The fastest cars on earth are handcrafted, while the production models lag significantly.

Thus the question becomes, which type of "cars" the university wishes to produce, those who will lead, or those who will lag. Again, I think Western has chosen the latter.

At this point it will be argued that Western provides a quality education at a reasonable price. If we again refer to our car analogy, it will occur to us that education is akin to a race. All cars that finish the race have the potential to cross the finish line at exactly the same time. Either the slower cars had amazing drivers, or the fastest cars were weighed down. Again, I believe the latter to be more likely.

Policies such as these are sure to produce results. Our best and brightest students go elsewhere. Valuable ideas are quenched and dismissed in the quest to roll back the clock. I think our educators did not become highly educated by embracing change, the very change which erodes their feigned superiority.

Luckily, time marches onward regardless. Those who fail to embrace change are immortalized into it. The word fossil comes to my mind and its relevance is instantly apparent in our stone aged administration.

A reformation could quickly remedy these problems. The first step is the realization that intellectually, people are not all created equal. With this in mind, it soon becomes apparent that people will progress in similar courses at much different paces.

An average student may work hard and finish the course material in two months. A slothful counterpart may take three months and the resident genius may not even need to take the course. The interesting thing is, they will, by passing the course, have all attained a similar level of knowledge.

Now isn't that what education's all about?

Mike Lesage

Economics III


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