Entitled University Students

Canada's university students are back at the books -- that is, if they can find enough time between keggers and Call of Duty Four. The authors of a new book say this generation of undergraduates is the most pampered ever, and their entitled attitude is sucking the joy out of teaching.



Part Three of The Current

Entitled University Students

If everything you knew about university life you learned from film .... you'd believe higher education was all about hanging out, slacking off, surfing the net and rarely hitting the books. Well, it turns out, many of today's students may have spent a lot of time at the movies.

As the halls of learning open for another school year, the authors of a new book say this generation of students does everything but study hard and calls them the most spoiled, pampered, self-absorbed - EVER.

We visited the University of Alberta in Edmonton and they told us that while they can see how some might believe that -- there have been some misunderstandings.

'Entitlement Generation' is a label slapped on them by Ken Coates, a professor of History and former Dean at the University of Waterloo and Bill Morrison, a history professor emeritus at the University of Northern B.C. in Prince George. They're authors of Campus Confidential: 100 startling things you don't know about Canadian universities. Ken Coates joined us from Saskatoon.

Emma Godmere is the National Bureau Chief for Canadian University Press, a news service owned and operated by 80 student newspapers across Canada. She was in our Toronto studio.

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