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Re: BBC Engineering Training Manual -- Microphones

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:27 am
by CS70
Howdy Doody Time wrote:"A" Levels and consequently University courses were dumbed down around the same time

....

, but those of us who matriculated in the late '70's will recall that it was unimaginable that anyone could possibly study for five A levels in the allotted time, let alone require five A stars to qualify for a respectable University.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect

Re: BBC Engineering Training Manual -- Microphones

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:16 pm
by MOF
schools were turning in "A" level results showing pupils with FIVE A Stars at "A" Level whereas 10 years earlier Three grade A's would get you into Medicine anywhere. A friend of mine, a University Lecturer, told me when I enquired about this, that whereas the first year at University was traditionally the steep step up from "A" level to the second year level which itself was the platform leading to the 'specialist' level of the third year, the first year these days is needed to bring students up to the old "A" level standard.

I read a while back that a high percentage of universities had to provide remedial courses in English and/or Mathematics, also recently I saw that the number of 'first' degrees awarded is about 1 in 5. In my day I'm pretty sure it would be well south of 5%, in 1994 it was 7%.
One would hope that the standards of each successive generation's education is improving but I can't believe that they've got that much better!!!

Re: BBC Engineering Training Manual -- Microphones

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:58 pm
by blinddrew
CS70 wrote:
Howdy Doody Time wrote:"A" Levels and consequently University courses were dumbed down around the same time

....

, but those of us who matriculated in the late '70's will recall that it was unimaginable that anyone could possibly study for five A levels in the allotted time, let alone require five A stars to qualify for a respectable University.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect
Are we saying IQ tests have got easier?
;)

Re: BBC Engineering Training Manual -- Microphones

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:08 pm
by Sam Spoons
That's like saying unemployment has got lower because more young people are spending 3 years on unsuitable 'University' courses ;)

Re: BBC Engineering Training Manual -- Microphones

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:49 am
by Howdy Doody Time
Much more recently, I have worked for consultancies ranging from Nuclear Decommissioning through Hazardous Waste Management to Management Systems Installation, where we recruited only from new graduates.

We all know that new graduates often take a while to fit in, and they carry the hallmarks of their particular University when it comes to thinking laterally, or even thinking systematically. However most of them made up for in attitude and confidence what they lacked in standard of education. Sadly.

I don't believe for a moment that the Ivy League Universities (Mine wasn't one of them) have sunk to these standards, after all they remain the bastions of the elite, and someone has to be sufficiently well qualified to run the country. :)