In my attempt to crush their souls into a mess that can be rebuilt in the model of people actually deserving of college degrees, I just may have done something right. I have quite a large number of returning students to my lab sections. In one section I have a 75% retention rate, which is light years beyond the average 10-15%. After all of the low averages, high expectations, and mediocre performances they yearn for more. I guess they’re smarter (in a highly non-scientific or academic sense) than I supposed. They know a quality totalitarian when they see one.