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This is a normal post They're dishing out a lot more firsts these days, 10% or even more is typical, it was a pretty freakish thing in my day.
I fear the safe space thing is real.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:53, Reply)
This is a normal post Perhaps, I don't know.
Firsts did seem to be the preserve of those who'd totally misunderstood the point of higher education. Or totally understood. I always found those students less fun than the rest, but consequentially far richer and with more influence than me.

But anyway, who outside the civil service really cares about a first v a desmond? It's about what you do and can do, surely. Certainly been the case in my profession (IT).

Here, have a funky flutey song.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 22:21, Reply)
This is a normal post You do know that students are paying £9,000 per year for a degree now?
Paying £300 per week for something has a way of concentrating your mind...
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 22:40, Reply)
This is a normal post Your logic doesn't stand up to any scrutiny.
The fact is a greater number and greater proportion of people are attending universities. This is not going to raise academic standards. There has been an explosion of really unacademic and unintellectual courses (e.g. hospitality management). This is not going to raise standards. It's a Douglas Hurd for you my simple friend.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 10:31, Reply)
This is a normal post A Third for you too then
for representing your fears as fact, and offering no supporting evidence for your objectively provable assertions.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 12:44, Reply)
This is a normal post It is reasonable to assume that worthwhile subject matter for
University level education has not magically become objectively easier or harder since 50 years ago.

If is also reasonable to assume that humans have not evolved significantly in Britain such that we are objectively any cleverer on average than 50 years ago.

The only thing we know we have changed is that we are now putting approximately 50% of people through further education, where it would have been only the most able 10% around 50 years ago.

So either we should see an absolute truck load of people getting 3rds, or the grading standards must have been made less rigorous. Or one of the assumptions is incorrect (hint: we definitely haven't become cleverer).
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 14:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Or we’re working harder.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 15:15, Reply)
This is a normal post You may be working harder, but you're definitely not getting any brighter.
Either way, you're hard work.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 15:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Don't flip ya lid.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 19:49, Reply)
This is a normal post Never liked that one.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 21:30, Reply)
This is a normal post We're talking about students here.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 20:19, Reply)