Encouraging Learning or Measuring Failure?

Sally Wootton
2002 Teaching in Higher Education  
This paper calls for a debate on effects that the current education system is having on our learners. Many students entering Higher Education struggle to rise to its rigorous academic demands. The need for support services is on the increase with greater focus on key skills, study skills and self-management. Students undertaking higher study can face nancial hardship and emotional turmoil in striving to achieve, but the problems do not start here. Much of the trepidation felt by students comes
more » ... s a result of earlier educational experiences, and is merely exacerbated as their learning experience progresses. It is time to re-assess the whole educational process and to question whether the system exists to encourage learning or to measure failure. Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. (Robert F. Kennedy)
doi:10.1080/13562510220144833 fatcat:fwkihk6yirhntf3zgynaqon554