I’m working hard on my next literacy post:
Meanwhile, this occurred to me on my walk just now, after pondering recent chats with my two kids who are currently in college:
- The schedule. No college has any class meet every day; no college schedule requires a student to be in class every hour of the school day. Many classes meet for 2 or 3 hours at a time.
- Homework expectations. It is assumed in most colleges that for every hour in class a student is expected to work at least an hour outside of class on reading, writing, research – often more.
- Writing. In all but the least demanding colleges, students are expected to write serious academic papers of at least 3-4 pages every few weeks in courses other than Languages or Math.
- Online work. In most of today’s college courses, there is a significant online component to the course.
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