"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.