A Vision of Students Today

How much has going to school changed? Kansas State University Professor Michael Wesch and the students in his Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class created an interesting video profiling a vision of students today. The following answers were compiled from the answers of 133 students (out of 200) who responded to the survey questions.

  • My average class size is 115.
  • 18% of my teachers know my name.
  • I complete 49% of the readings assigned to me. Only 26% are relevant to my life.
  • I buy hundred dollar textbooks that I never open.
  • My neighbor paid for class but never comes.
  • I will read 8 books this year, 2300 web pages, & 1281 Facebook profiles.
  • I will write 42 pages for class this semester and over 500 pages of email.
  • I get 7 hours of sleep each night! I spend 1.5 hours watching TV each night. I spend 3.5 hours a day online. I listen to music 2.5 hours a day. I spend 2 hours on my cell phone, spend 3 hours in class, 2 hours eating. I work 2 hours every day, 3 hours studying. That’s a total of 26.5 hours every day.
  • I am a multi-tasker. (I have to be.)
  • I will be $20,000 in debt after graduation! I’m one of the lucky ones.
  • When I graduate I will probably have a job that doesn’t exist today.
  • I Facebook through most of my classes.
  • I bring my laptop to class, but I’m not working on class stuff.

What do you think? Is this an accurate picture of students today? I have to say, I would not have been able to make any of those statements when I was in school, except maybe for the 7 hours of sleep and 2 hours eating! 🙂

HT: Noel Heikkinen

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