Re: On the Concept of Irony w/ Continual Reference to Caro, the #1 Sunshine Queen
Originally Posted by bruce goose
Because of my known bias against European futbollers,I was waiting for a more impartial voice to post almost those exact words
This next part is a free-for-all for ANYone with input:
Are there schools in your country where a student can fail an introductory course(even miserably so)...and then take a more advanced course in the same field the following semester??Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that we haven't made any improvements since the bastard Spaniard royalists left a huge mess 200 years ago,some of our better universities don't permit such odd-looking advancements.For the high schools and colleges that DO,they generally have a limit that a student may not graduate with 3 failed courses...so,in those cases,he/she must re-take one of the failures or pass a special,difficult make-up exam that demonstrates no less than a basic mastery of the course material.
Even so,it seemed very strange to me when I first encountered that after having grown up in a different system.It feels absurd when a student who scored 10% on her final exam--and rarely showed up to class--is taking a higher-level course which requires greater comprehension
Hmmm...do you dislike Spain as much as you dislike the US?
I've never heard of someone taking the more advanced course the next semester after failing the intro course. That's weird. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the person was giving a pretty weak effort in the intro course because the material was well below them.
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