If we graduate the lowest common denominator, we can expect the same in the field. We need graduates who understand why the nose goes down when you push the stick, and can use that knowledge to plan ahead.
Event shots are small fry though. This kid is like a big fish in a small pond (not that he's cocky). But when he comes work for me, he'll be among 10 others who sometime work 12-hour shoots and stay up until 5 AM editing shots for clients.