We recently advertised for a new trainee account manager. The post is well paid, with some great perks and a super opportunity to join a high profile operation in the heart of buzzing east London.
As one would imagine, we were flooded with applications. My assistant sifted through the first wave, sorting out the proverbial wheat from the chaff.
Application forms with typos were the first out. Second out, any applicants who listed themselves as “perfectionists” and/or “workaholics”. And third, anyone with weird hobbies (seriously, if you like to talk to dolphins, even in jest, don’t list it as an interest on a job application).
There was a colossal pile of chaff. She handed over the gems – all 12 of them. I flicked through them. Three with typos had slipped through. We were down to just nine and this was before we reached the shortlist stage.
Most of the applicants who had applied for the position had degrees. I know I sound like I’m from The Ark but I do have to question the state of our education system.
How did these 20-somethings get through some 20 years of schooling and end up with a degree without learning the fundamentals? It’s either poor teaching or a poor attitude on the side of the students. My guess is that it’s a combination of the two.
Whatever the reason something is rotten in the State of Education – and, naturally, with a seven-year-old on that particular path, I am deeply concerned.
That’s why my hat goes off to Texas A&M Professor Irwin Horwitz who, sick and tired of his students’ lack of drive, commitment, manners and poor behaviour, failed the entire class.
In an email he sent to his 30 students telling them of his decision, he said: “None of you, given the behaviour in this class, deserves to pass, or graduate... You all lack the honour and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level...”
It’s a rare beast who stands up and challenges the norm.
Working Mum, wishing there were more teachers and professors like Mr Horowitz.