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Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's Little Mystery Why So Many College Students Are Illiterate

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know.

Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV's "Judge Judy," is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than 20 percent of the college graduates knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D. Roosevelt was president during World War II; one-third did not know he was the president who spearheaded the New Deal. But it is little mystery why so many college students are illiterate, innumerate and resistant to understanding. Let's look at it.

Student activists at Brown University complained of emotional stress and poor grades after they spent months of protesting for various causes. They blamed the university for insisting that they complete their coursework. One of the objects of their protest was an op-ed in The Brown Daily Herald, the university newspaper, that was deemed racist because it defended the celebration of Columbus Day. Brown University's faculty recently took care of that and renamed Columbus Day "Indigenous People's Day."



Anonymous said...

Well, at least they're safe.

Anonymous said...

It will get even better when the idiots make college free.

Anonymous said...

the problem is that the requirement to get into many colleges anymore is only, can you secure the credit necessary to pay your bill every month.

i have also heard the arguement that what we used to teach in highschool 50 years ago is now finished up in college, hence the gen ed requirements. Not everyone needs to go to college.

"The world needs ditch diggers too." Judge Smails.

Rebel Without a Clue said...

"Don't count that Danny" - Judge Smails