Our View: No college student left behind?

By Herald Editorial Staff
On February 6, 2014

In elementary school we are taught that once we enter high school, things will be harder.

When we enter high school and nothing changes, we are told the same thing about college, but are assured nobody will hold our hands during the process.

However, in many universities today, including A-State, there seems to be an increasing amount of coddling when it comes to getting into college as well as completing work.

Most students have probably had the experience of a teacher granting an extension because only a few met the deadline for an assignment. Some remember the experience by the praise they gave the teacher for letting them slack off one more day.

For others, it was the forlorn feeling of realizing they could have actually slept the night before instead of staying up to complete their work on time.

This is one of the many instances where being soft only hurts the good students and over time encourages them to be less motivated.

It is understandable that most teachers just want to see students succeed. It is admirable our faculty and staff care so much about us they will go out of their way to make sure we have what we need to make it.

However, in the quest for success teachers and students seem to have forgotten an integral part of life: failure.

Missing a deadline is meant to result in the consequence of a bad grade. While it may sting a student’s GPA, a valuable lesson is learned about time management, arguably one of the most important skills in the working world.

Even getting into college has become easier to achieve.

These days, scholarships are awarded based on simply completing high school or living in a certain state. While it is great that different agencies can provide for potential students, it demeans the value of a college education.

Now, getting a Master’s degree is essential in many fields, when someone could get a decent job with only a Bachelor’s in the past.

Additionally, more scholarships may put more people in college but not everyone realizes the amount of work it takes to earn a degree.

Compound this with teachers lowering expectations and it is easy to see how we can produce a generation of lower achievement.

Are soft deadlines, compliments for the bare minimum and an “everyone succeeds” mentality something we will still see in the world after graduation? If so, why have we been threatened with the story that it’s not? If not, why is there no preparation for what we will see?
Bottom line, it is time for everyone to settle into the realities of life after graduation. This means that those who don’t work may fall along the way.

But if everyone feels entitled to be a winner, without the willingness to put in the work to make it happen, we’re all bound to be losers in the end.

“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.

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