Wednesday, February 11, 2009


On the weekend I ran into a peer that I went to school with 5 years ago. We were both taking Early Childhood Education. I got talking to her and she is back at university taking psychology and trying to get into the BEAD program. We were talking about how our classes transfered into the university and how it was such a joke. Why are university's in Canada so ridiculous? When I went over to Australia on exchange their whole four years of university focuses on their Education degree, there is not two years of arts and science and then lets learn about Education. As an Education student I feel unprepared to go into the classroom and that is mainly because here I am being in university for the last 4 years and this is the first year that I have taken strictly Education classes. What a joke. I also don't know who in their right mind would go and take Early Childhood if they were planning to go and upgrade their education. There are Early Childhood Degrees offered through UofR and the credits that transfer from a two year diploma are 3 or 4 if you are lucky. How pathetic. You spend two years strictly focusing on Early childhood and then go to do a degree with it and you are back down to having almost no education. The whole transfer system leaves plenty to be desired. I have fought nail and tooth for the credits I have and it still doesn't even come close to the amount that I should have received. I would love to see the university offer strictly education classes and prepare teachers... there is only so much time in each semester to take the classes that you want to take that would be beneficial, so why not get rid of the electives that are pointless.

1 comment:

heatherreid1 said...

It is unfortunate that you can't transfer a lot of the credits. I don't have a clue why there are such dillemmas with it. I do also disagree that we need to take 2 years of general Arts before specializing. That is something I found to be very frustrating. However, I will say this...even my friends who are in med school and pharmacy they have very intense schooling too. However, they don't ever feel fully prepared either. I look at one of our family friends who is a doctor now and he said that lots of the knowledge and application was gained being out in the field working. You have to have an extraordinary memory, yes, but the classes and labs can only do so much. So even with 10 years of schooling, he didn't feel confident. What I am trying to say that even if there was 4 years of straight education, we would still feel unprepared because the true learning happens with experience. We will never be caught up with all the information a teacher can, should, will do.