From a professor of accounting who wishes to remain nameless:
We have very few male accounting majors any more because the boys in public school are generally not taught the self-discipline necessary to study difficult material. They are given meds, and not made to behave, concentrate or study. When they get to college they don’t know how to study or even why it is important. The number of female accounting majors, like females in med school, is rising dramatically.
. . . As for us, we have a serious overemphasis on student evaluations so that if we try to make them work, achieve a higher level necessary to become competent in their major, they give us bad evaluations (evaluations are typically tied to grades and who has the least amount of work for the highest grade). Since we cannot lose our jobs, we end up at university also letting them slide. They pitch screaming fits if you try to make them work, running to administrators who, like those in K-12, side with the student/parent against the faculty member.
Two of the major qualifying exams in accounting, the CPA and CMA, have just dumbed down their tests. The kids can’t pass them anymore. They are not motivated to learn what it takes. What happens when the med/law/engineering schools have to do this?
You’d think tenure would make it possible for professors to stand up to their students, but I guess the squeaky wheel gets the A. It’s gotten worse in the last 12 to 15 years, says the prof, who’s been teaching for 20 years.