The Telegraph is reporting that the head of a private school association has suggested undergraduate degrees are too easy and are fuelling laddish culture because students are bored.
Dr William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), said that “low contact hours” and less demanding timetables in humanities and social sciences compared to medicine degrees result in students drinking to entertain themselves.
He also said there was “an unreasonable expectation of entitlement” to a degree from students with little work to do during the first semesters at university…
His comments follow reports of a worsening of the hard-drinking, drug-taking culture on campus that has led to the National Students Union (NUS) to denounce British universities for failing to tackle lad culture…
Dr Richardson said headteachers at HMC schools “have been concerned that some students – first years, in particular – are made vulnerable at university by low contact hours and dangerous activities,especially those linked to alcohol consumption”.
“It cannot be right that, for some, the design of teaching is the problem. It is not acceptable that there are undergraduates, especially in the humanities and some social sciences, who end up in harms’ way because they are bored in term-time or don’t have enough to do on their course…”
So what do you make of these comments from Dr Richardson?
Might he be onto something in suggesting some students are insufficiently occupied by their courses?
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