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Have not's paying for the haves. Average students are cannon fodder at KU
This is good news, and nice to read in times of decreased funding for KU. It is no more unfair than "average students" supporting remedial or high-school-level classes for less-prepared or less-capable students. What is unfair is dumbing down intro classes so the majority of students can pass, while the more capable students are not challenged. And how is this different from providing, say, AP courses in high school? My (very large) high school did not have any AP courses or any programs whatsoever for the more capable or hardworking students (late 80's, KC area). Eventually after years of fighting for it, an English teacher established an IB program, and my guess is there are probably AP classes as well now. But the teacher had to fight really, really hard for many years to finally get the IB program, against fellow TEACHERS who thought like irtnog2001. So sad. Besides, all students, and also KU, benefit from attracting the more capable students to KU.
I have no problem with improving the honors program and think it is a great idea. My concern is with the funding. it sounds like it will be primarily funded by non-honors student parents (who are less likely to get scholarships) thru increased tuition. Also I would not be surprised if educational quality for those students decrease as a result.
You mean kids in the honors program should pay more? So, only the wealthier kids should be able to join the honors program? Should it not be entirely merit based? And would it not be a turn-off to charge a higher rate, even for well-off students who may wish to share classes with a diverse group of students? (Yes, many students do care about such things.) And isn't one point of the program to attract exceptional students, and would a higher tuition rate do that? Maybe they could go to public universities with honors programs that don't charge extra -- or they could go to Stanford, Princeton, etc etc where financial aid is often very generous (yes, due in part to "wealth redistribution," against which you rail so much in your other posts elsewhere).
This is wealth redistribution in reverse. Why should tuition paid by so called average students who are primarily taught by TA's pay for enhanced opportunities for the so called honors students? This should be funded from the endowment association or from donors to the athletic department. Donors to the athletic department should be required to donate at least 10% of their donation to academics for their donations to be accepted.
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