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Friday, January 20, 2006

Study: College Kids Need Remedial Thinking

Following the recent blockbuster 20-20 television show by John Stossel called "Stupid In America", a study of college students finds:

More than 50 percent of students at four-year schools and more than 75 percent at two-year colleges lacked the skills to perform complex literacy tasks. That means they could not interpret a table about exercise and blood pressure, understand the arguments of newspaper editorials, compare credit card offers with different interest rates and annual fees or summarize results of a survey about parental involvement in school.

The Stossel show explored the failing performance of public schools- what we call government monopolies. One telling interview during the piece was with an educator who, in response to Stossel's suggestion that school vouchers would introduce competition to education, said "it has never been done before and it won't be done now". This educator's open mind speaks volumes.

Per Baldi and Finney, the survey analysts:

The survey showed a strong relationship between analytic coursework and literacy. Students in two-year and four-year schools scored higher when they took classes that challenged them to apply theories to practical problems or weigh competing arguments.

The math and science courses are noted for this approach. The liberal arts studies do very little of this in our colleges due to the dominance by liberal ideologues in those classrooms (see Frontpage.com for their continual studies of this phenomenon).

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