Many of RightWing Prof’s students come to college expecting an easy time. Actually, he writes, it takes a lot of work to succeed in college.
(When RWP was an undergrad) I don’t recall expecting that I should get an A because of how much I studied, or because I “tried really hard.” I don’t recall expecting that mediocre work that barely fulfilled the requirements would get me an A. I don’t recall expecting to receive partial credit if my answer was incorrect. I don’t recall expecting that I could pass a course while rarely going to class or doing only part of the assigned work.
Why did I not have these expectations that students now have? My high school teachers assigned a lot of homework, and we either did it, or we failed the class. And I might add that our parents made sure we did our homework . . .
Universities expect students to do two hours of independent work for every hour in class. A full-time college student is expected to study 24 to 30 hours a week outside of class, turn papers in on time and pass without “extra credit.”
Perhaps too many students have gone through their K-12 years designing posters rather than writing research papers.