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    Default What do you want to learn?

    What do you think of a further education institute which instead of offering a range of learning options and qualifications for students to select from would survery students and then offer what they wanted to learn?

    So when paying fees the student would then list skills or subjects they want to learn, such as culinary skills, communication, IT, sport, sciences and then employ lecturers with those specialisms.

    The same curriculum wouldnt be run more than once because the institute would be democratially responsive to the needs of its student population/consumer base.

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    Yeah, it would be really nice.
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    I have mixed feelings about it. On the plus side, students wouldn't have to waste money on general education requirements that have no relevance to their future career or to their personal livf. On the minus side, sometimes what we would most benefit from learning isn't always what we most want to learn. Sometimes students select a major but there may still be relevant aspects of it that aren't so interesting but still need to learn it for success in the job world.
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    Neat idea, but I don't know if we'd ever reach a consensus on what we'd want to study. Maybe this thread would prove otherwise!

    My vote would be psych and business courses. .. mostly those that center around working with other people. I vote that way both because I'm interested in it and because I think that it's something that we all ought to learn a lil' bit about.

    I'd be pretty disappointed, however, if a school offered courses by consensus and I wound up taking nothing that I was interested in or that was relevant to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    On the plus side, students wouldn't have to waste money on general education requirements that have no relevance to their future career or to their personal livf.
    I'm liking this too, though my experience has leaned in the opposite direction.

    My curriculum was pretty specialized; they shoved in so many engineering courses that they didn't have room for general education requirements at all--and I could have benefited from some. I'm all for getting rid of some of the irrelevant courses, but there are courses that are highly relevant (or useful) that are sadly omitted.

    Namely, engineers tend to think that all problems can be solved through engineering

    On the minus side, sometimes what we would most benefit from learning isn't always what we most want to learn. Sometimes students select a major but there may still be relevant aspects of it that aren't so interesting but still need to learn it for success in the job world.
    wholeheartedly agree

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