A major problem in the higher education learning system is that real learning is often hindered by a range of phenomena. Roger Schank points to a number of these occurrences. Professors who are mainly interested in pursuing their own research agendas don’t put their energy into their classes. Rather than meaningful learning, students look to get high marks out of a learning system, which will help them land good jobs after college.
Since professors are rewarded largely for their research, they have less incentive to improve their teaching. Then there’s the problem of course offering in higher education learning systems. Universities often offer courses that are easy to teach and grade, and not necessarily ones that will prepare students for their futures. The result of all this is that employers often need to “re-train” and motivate their employees.
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