I disagree with the whole way tertiary education works... at least at the moment in Australia.

I have attended university, done great in some subjects, bombed abysmally in others. In both cases, there are subjects where I didn't deserve the grades I got, and others where I did. I have had good teachers, bad teachers, indifferent and evil teachers. I have battled with uni bureaucracy and the drunken uni student mindset.

I did my best and failed abysmally.

But the fault is not all mine.

Step back a bit and look at the whole system. In primary and secondary schools, teachers are trained to teach. They get fired or hired into the public school system (mostly) if they suck at teaching. Education is compulsory, with the result that most people leave school knowing how to read. Class sizes are kept down, and you learn useful things.

Contrast this with a typical university.

Funding for universities bleeds away constantly, drained by a government that would rather get a pay rise than invest in the future of the nation. Class sizes are huge, or else their subjects get scrapped. You almost never get to talk to your teach...erm, that is, lecturer, because all they ever do is blare at you (and 600 other people). You are expected to write down _everything_ in that subject - flawlessly - and later study your notes successfully, despite the fact that half of your lecturers have English as a second or third language and/or speak at 200 words per minute. Courses are inflexible, you cannot learn what you need to... and every university invents it's own, mutually contradictory course curriculum, course materials and subjects covered. Your lecturers are (sometimes) experts in their field, but by no means can the majority teach to save themselves... they walk in, draw crap on the OHP, dribble about their subject and leave without ever once thinking 'how can I TEACH my students this or that concept?'.

Or so it seems.

IMHO, the university system is better than nothing, but there must be a better way to teach than this, surely? We live in the future, and the whole uni concept is outdated and wrong.

Thank you for listening, ladies and gentlemen. (And some Everything noders.)