Thursday, December 19, 2002

Today's college seniors = 1950's high school grads

"The college seniors of today have no better grasp of general knowledge than the high school graduates of almost half a century ago, according to the results of a new study."

That's how this CNS story opens.

Among the factors contributing to this stagnation are:

  • "A decreased emphasis on general knowledge in high school, placing colleges and universities in the position of having to fill academic gaps among students entering college"
  • "The dumbing down of curriculum, both at the college and high school level"
  • "Many colleges are placing less emphasis on liberal arts education in favor of more specialized education geared toward specific career paths"
  • "Also contributing to the trend is an easing of college admissions standards"

If you're interested, here are the questions asked.

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