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Crappy tenured professors are to blame.

My school is full of them.
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Maybe people prefer easy money, artistry carrers are a way to do it,don't you think?
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I guarantee you if they make the fields more specialized, it will make the amount of graduates higher. I tried to enter computer engineering field because I saw what they were doing at VCU and I thought it was awesome. But spending the first two years calculating the area of a lake, learning the derivative of an equation, and I was like f this and switched over to business admin.
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Changed the title,to bring more people to read this article , this is also happening in other parts of the world.that is why i wanted to share it.
You are not allowed to make up your own title unless it's literally too long to fit, and then ONLY edit to truncate the same information. If you don't alter it to the original then I will have to for you.
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I am going to have to take Trigonometry for the third time next semester. The professor my first time didn't even care about us and continuously yelled at us for being "lazy". She barely even taught the class as it was. I guarantee you that class had at least an 80% drop/failure rate. The second professor I had actually cared about the class but wasn't too great at teaching. Once the Trig Identities hit the entire class took a dive.

These higher level courses are very tough courses and should not be taken lightly. We need confident teachers teaching these courses or we will continue to see our science graduate base decrease.
80% failure rate? Trigonometry was probably the easiest math class I'd taken since pre-algebra freshmen year of high school, and it was easier than College Algebra in my opinion. Your classmates are in for a ride when they hit Calc 2 and 3.

But yea, I've had a couple professors/teachers that shouldn't be teaching. Most college students aren't lazy from what I've seen, because they're paying thousands of dollars to be there, they're usually just stretched too thin. A good teacher will get their attention and keep them interested and understanding the material.

Personally I blame most of the education problems on a pathetic public school system, very poor funding, and the increasing costs of higher education. My tuition went up 30% in 4 years I was in College, it was ridiculous. I remember the financial counselors didn't know how much money we'd be spending in the time we were there because costs were rising too fast.
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80% failure rate? Trigonometry was probably the easiest math class I'd taken since pre-algebra freshmen year of high school, and it was easier than College Algebra in my opinion. Your classmates are in for a ride when they hit Calc 2 and 3.

But yea, I've had a couple professors/teachers that shouldn't be teaching. Most college students aren't lazy from what I've seen, because they're paying thousands of dollars to be there, they're usually just stretched too thin. A good teacher will get their attention and keep them interested and understanding the material.
Problem is finding a teacher now thats actually decent. My first engineering math course I failed because the entire class was math on power point and the questions on tests were not based on the power points either.
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Problem is finding a teacher now thats actually decent. My first engineering math course I failed because the entire class was math on power point and the questions on tests were not based on the power points either.
That reminds me of this HORRIBLE teacher I had to sit through FOUR classes with. Yes. The same teacher for four different classes. Amazing. We sat through 2 hours twice a week listening to him read through his poorly constructed, typo'd PowerPoint presentations, that really never tied into the material at all. Great times. He was the head of the IT department too.
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Engineering student here, first year and I want to switch to something else. Psychology seems fitting....

I'll see if I can survive to the end of this year though
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Tenure keeps crappy teachers on. I just can't stand how a completely horrible teacher is still teaching.
I have this one horror story about a Spanish teacher I had, the most oblivious person I know. We would take tests, and people would shout answers to each other, take their books out and look answers up, and write on the desk.
She also had this grading system where she would stamp this paper which lists all our homework, a stamp would mean complete. What people would do is sneak the stamp and stamp it themselves....and put more stamps then there are assignments so they would get bonus points.
We would also unplug the usb keyboard and she would think its broken
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