Wednesday, October 18, 2006

[education] the deliberate dumbing down of the west

UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which annually surveys the attitudes of high-school graduates entering college, found that record numbers of them were "increasingly disengaged from the academic experience". These students had spent less time studying or doing homework than ever before, and were more bored with school than any cohort that ever entered post-secondary education. This [2000] book suggests, as explained here, that there is nothing accidental in the process – that it was the result of a networked policy and agenda and this is supported here and in numerous recent articles on the phenomenon. From the trenches, I can also report that this is demonstrably and measurably happening.

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