Essays - Part 23
One can often hear students complaining about their academic record. Many find the existing grading system either too subjective or too superficial and claim that it does not reflect the real abilities of a student. Personally I find it difficult to complain, as I have excellent grades in all subjects, and actually find the system quite objective. The issue that draws my attention, however, is the type of abilities reflected.
Considering all my previous intellectual experience and academic accomplishments, I would probably single out the one that would seem strangely unimportant. However, for me, mastering exactly this skill opened the whole new world of information. If I had to choose my most important academic achievement, I would choose mastering the skill of reading.
Several months ago I faced a problem. I had to make a presentation of my science project in front of a large audience of unknown people. First I felt quite enthusiastic about the experience, but soon I realized that the only thought made me feel panicky. I tried to write the text of my presentations and practice them at home imagining the audience. However, I felt it was not helpful at all. Finally, I came to the conclusion I had to take a short course in presentation skills.
Single-sex schools are not very common nowadays, but there was a time when it was the general trend in education that boys and girls studied separately. Historic novels are rich in heroines who complete their education in girls’ boarding schools and become real ladies. But does attending a single-sex school have any advantages? Many teachers claim this approach is useful, as it is easier to control the discipline. But in my opinion, this may be the only advantage, yet going to a single-sex school can cause a number of problems.
Consider the last youth comedy film you watched. Was there a character who was supposed to be a close friend of the heroine, but in reality meticulously planned to make her split up with her boyfriend, whom she was secretly in love with, or some stupid blond school beauty queen who terrorized her friends, making them feel ugly and uninteresting? I am more than sure that there was. And this, to my mind, reflects one of the most offensive gender prejudices in our society, a belief that girls are always mean to each other.
The number of people who avail of international migration has slowed down a little bit recently, but still the number of people who are moving from the developing countries to the rich ones is growing all the time.
The majority of society members are broadening the expectations they have for the universities. In this case people are taking into consideration values of personal human capital. The majority of people require from the higher education more concentration on the skills of transferable workplace. Students usually ask two similar questions: “Why should I go through all these university courses if they are absolutely useless for my future career?” and “What kind of job can I obtain with such a degree?” The problem is that the majority of the universities do not have such a specific aim – to prepare students for the future career. They do not take into consideration economic needs of society. Thus, students leave university buildings without skills in how to survive in the economic area of society needs.
Usually, when the question is about who is a better sportsman – a white or black one – people tend to prefer the latter one. Why so? To talk about the racial differences (physical and cultural) it is important to say that in the past it was all about the discrimination excuses. Nowadays, the dominancy of black sportsmen is no wonder anymore, but still this aspect makes people think what the reason of black dominancy is. Nevertheless, the majority of scientists in the United States of America are not really concerned with the study of the white & black people’s physical differences.
From the very beginning of our world’s existence there have always been class distinctions. Some people were rich and others were trying to make both ends meet. There has also existed one significant question – should wealthy nations share their reserves with the countries that are poorer? Is it important to provide them with food and other things required for life? Or is it the responsibility of the poor country government to take care of its citizens?
It is so much fun to watch how science fiction stories become reality – like laser guns and genetic engineering. Due to all the talks about ecology, more and more plots tell us about some kind of huge disasters that threaten humankind and make the bravest go find a new shelter in the outer space. If you take ecological threats seriously, they seem to be good reasons for space exploration.