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The Awful Destruction of the College Curriculum


Once upon a time, universities and colleges had main college curriculum for all students- main courses that were thought to enhance the basement of education.
However, during decades, universities have been turning away from this college curriculum. Nowadays, main majority of colleges replaced the core schedule by “distribution requirements” system under which students provide their general education responsibilities by selecting a course or two from few wide categories such as math or sociology.

In their advertising materials, colleges and universities usually speechify about their ideal education curriculum that is wide and deep at the same time, proposing students a profound basis for life. The problem is that at many colleges, the curriculum planning has become so unspecified that there is a possibility for students to graduate without ever attending any of the subjects that we would considered as pillars of a university education.

At the present days, very few colleges implement curriculum planning requirements that are close to providing a profound general education.
According to standard educational requirements, colleges have to cover seven general subject requirements: mathematics, English composition, foreign language, literature, economics, and physical ะบ natural science.
Colleges whose core curriculum requirements involves six or seven necessary subjects receive A grades; those colleges that involved four or five received a B; those who covers three received C; those who involved two received a B; those who involved one or none of these necessary subjects received an F.
Consequently, only 2% of the colleges deserve an A; 36% a B, 32% a D, and 8% an F.

In colleges’ promotional catalogs and mission statements, they always praise the advantages of wide-based “well-structured” liberal arts education. But these false sentiments often do not provide you worthy general education knowledge.

The situation with US education is bad enough as many universities and colleges are satisfied with that they let students to graduate with huge holes in their knowledge. However, even if a college has a strong core curriculum requirement, students can often accomplish that requirement with trendy narrowed course that jeers the whole idea of general education.

So, how this situation was missed?
Many university professors are interested in teaching subjects in their particular field on interest. It is a good way to receive money for speaking about their intellectual hobbies. And often they persuade colleges to make those courses as fulfilling general education requirements, in such way increasing the quantity of students who will follow up. Unfortunately, it is an evidence of serious problem in US education. Simply because college administration allows the professors manage the education curriculum as they like. This causes real problems with students success in college.

Consequently, many Americans become a victims of weak college curricula and graduated from college with lack of knowledge of our history, economy, or culture.