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My Informed Opinions On Higher Education
Unfortunately, it seems that the "3 'R's," Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic are the very basics that are necessary for a decent education, and go so incredibly, fundamentally lacking at all levels of education, most surprisingly so, at the level of higher education. For, it is my feeling that one cannot adequately reach for any, much less all that those two extremely laudatory abstracts in the Educational Planning Course Guide, "A minimum Required Curriculum," and "Vocational and General Education: New Relationship or Shotgun Marriage" (Dehner, Oaks 49-59), recommend for a salutary course of higher education without the above-mentioned "3 'R's." Again, unfortunately, most of the people in my milieu lack them to a considerable degree regardless of the level of their education. I have many examples of this, of which I will cite a few here.
In 1991, I started a home word processing service. Over one fall semester, approximately September to January, I typed course papers for approximately six or seven college students, between the ages of late teens to 70, from freshman in college to Ivy League Graduate School, i.e., Columbia Graduate School of Social Work. All of these students, seemed to think that because I was a mere typist (correcting their atrocious grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as their inconrrect facts for pay), who inglamourously worked at home in her bathrobe at times, and they were in the rareified atmosphere of higher academia, they were by far more intelligent that I was, knew more than I did, and I'm sure felt they were morally superior to me (insofar as they thought at all!), from the first of them to thelast of them!
In any case, NOT ONE of them, as I have hinted above, could read well or write well; "Ms. Columbia Graduate School of Social Work" went on to earn her degree, I lamentably add, and particularly, could not write in complete sentences! The 70 year old told me, by way of apology, that he used to be very good at English, but over the years, in spite of his assiduous reading and studying, he'd lost "the knack," so to speak, for using it correctly (I can't tell you how many times I have heard this particular lament, and if it is true [which I doubt in the first place], I hope it never happens to me!) Yet another student was a political science major whose native language was not English. His school papers were relatively good (but were "nothing to write home about," as the saying goes, in my opinion), but he later wrote a novel, which he paid to have published, the language of which was so stilted and boring as to be almost unintelligible! I was dumbfounded by the impossibly poor quality of his book because I had picked him out as the only one who had even a passable grasp of the English Language although it was not his lingua franca! To top this off, most of these students were very reluctant to pay the comparatively inexpensive price I was charging to make them look like they actually knew what they were talking about!