We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I know a guy who got an A+ in Physical Chemistry at an elite university, and never went to class. He needed the spare time to practice with his grunge band. He told me he spent 24 hours non-stop going through the textbook with the help of some borrowed Adderal.
I suspect he missed a lot of interesting stuff, but he got the competency.
There are plenty of reasons for "seat time" in many areas of study, but certainly not in all. For example, there really are no valid criteria (in my view) for competency in Art History, or in history for that matter.
Doesn't work in a case-study style business class. Class participation was over 50% of the grade. The competencies we were learning were showing up for important meetings properly prepared and making meaningful contributions.
This will not work in law school, rote learning will produce only the most mediocre of lawyers. Law school professors are notorious for the "hide the ball" style of teaching, but what they're really doing (the best of them) is teaching students how to think.
For another view, "The Maintenance Of Certification Exam As Fetish".
I'm every bad stereotype you've ever heard about lawyers, and some you haven't heard of yet. I'm why you pay so much for liability insurance and why your neighborhood is overrun with illegal alien forest slum peasants. I know every tax loophole and I get away with everything. And I've done everything in my power to pervert the whatever you think the Founding Fathers stood for.
William of Tangerine
I am pursuing a credential through a competency based university and I enjoy it except that I occasionally miss the interaction of exploring ideas with teachers and classmates. I chose it because I felt that other programs had too much "fluff" and associated costs.
I know a guy who got an A+ in Physical Chemistry at an elite university, and never went to class.
In a tough course like PChem, you are going to learn the material on your own. My experience was that if I didn't review the material before the lecture, the lecture went over my head.
I found out the best approach was to intensively go over the material before class. The lecture was then used not to learn, but to reinforce what I had already learned.
The prof was a very competent lecturer. Very well organized, so my approach was in no way a reflection of his competence as a lecturer, but a reflection of the difficulty of the material.
Also: practice exams were quite helpful.
He told me he spent 24 hours non-stop going through the textbook with the help of some borrowed Adderal.
I am not at that intellectual level.