Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Higher Ed

No surprise: Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills. Results of a standardized measure of reasoning ability show many students fail to improve over four years—even at some flagship schools, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of nonpublic results. By Douglas Belkin
Well, this is a bit unsettling. One of the central concepts of higher education is the advancement of critical thinking skills in the students. Back in the very, very old days when at my college we got forced into four years of Theology and also four years of Philosophy studies (all of which we bitched about bitterly), the end effect was to promote critical thinking. In our 40 yr reunion all of us agreed how surprised we were to figure out later in life that one of the main benefits of our college years was thinking skills related to those courses. Now things are very different.... and maybe not quite as good in some ways. --Del

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