Monday, September 18, 2006

Is there a Silver Bullet for SIU?

In software we talk about a Silver Bullet that is one shot will solve all your problems. They really don't exist, but I was wondering if there was an easy solution to SIUC's problems.

I think the only thing that would really help SIUC by itself would be the K-12 schools systems to teach the kids to work, the way it was 30 years ago. I know they can't do it without the parents, but wouldn't that be great if the students who showed up for college had some experience doing things that are important for being a scholar?

Maybe this would be a more productive area for concerned citizens to spend their time?

2 comments:

Fraydog said...

The silver bullet would be to acually produce scientists, engineers, businessmen, and critical thnkers.

Then again, they wouldn't have time to focus on athletics. :)

Peter in Carbondale said...

I disagree. There is nothing wrong with being a writer, PE coach or gardener. Not everyone is cut out to be an engineer and the like, different strokes for different folks.

It would be really nice if the kids knew they had to take notes, wanted to learn, could read and do math. Basically, they wanted to learn and had an idea of how to do it. Grade inflation takes a heavy toll later on.