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http://education.guardian.co.uk/univ...130007,00.html

Trinity college Cambridge don claims up to two thirds of undergraduates have not been suited to academic study!
What will that mean for those who may be going to Oxbridge this October?
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I like this bit - "He admitted that the admissions system at Oxford and Cambridge was "amateurish, disorganised and old-fashioned""

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I like this bit - "He admitted that the admissions system at Oxford and Cambridge was "amateurish, disorganised and old-fashioned""

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Well it's alot less amateurish than most other universities.

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Mmmmm, interesting. i think it is silly for people to be pushed into higher education when perhaps they are not up to it. And by the time people have got to oxbridge, they are probably tired of working their butts off and want a bit of a life.
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Mmmmm, interesting. i think it is silly for people to be pushed into higher education when perhaps they are not up to it. And by the time people have got to oxbridge, they are probably tired of working their butts off and want a bit of a life.

Although, people that do get in often work hard and a significant proportion do well. I think the academic in question is looking at things solely from his perspective. Usually within academic circles one is deemed to be 'capable of serious engagement' if they're in with a realistic chance of a first class honours. Which is probably where the 33% comes from. Personally, I think this perspective assumes that all people are at university to attain the same benefits. There's a good mixture of students at each of the top universities, including Cambridge, that do not devote themselves solely to their discipline and attempt to lead 'well rounded' and 'balanced' lives. They're not really even there to acquire an exceptional level of command in just the academic matters of their course, that's not even the intention for most people.
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Although, people that do get in often work hard and a significant proportion do well. I think the academic in question is looking at things solely from his perspective. Usually within academic circles one is deemed to be 'capable of serious engagement' if they're in with a realistic chance of a first class honours. Which is probably where the 33% comes from. Personally, I think this perspective assumes that all people are at university to attain the same benefits. There's a good mixture of students at each of the top universities, including Cambridge, that do not devote themselves solely to their discipline and attempt to lead 'well rounded' and 'balanced' lives. They're not really even there to acquire an exceptional level of command in just the academic matters of their course, that's not even the intention for most people.
I agree with you, and I don't think this is something negative either. Obviously University is there for your own development, not only academically but also socially and personally. Apart from that, Cambridge and Oxford offer a huge amount and variety of extra-curricular activities, so why not use them?
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