7.6.15

UNIVERSITIES ARE FAILING AT THEIR MISSION.

Eileen Toplansky calls out the "meet-the-students-where-they-are" mindset.
Most teachers have accepted the need to dumb-down material, accept a lackluster student body and make believe that the diploma conferred upon most of the graduates is a meaningful document.

And thus, the expected result of 40+ years of open enrollment, affirmative action and general lowering of academic standards has colleges and universities making changes to their "assessment processes for under-prepared students."  It is why remedial classes burgeon because the reading level of some incoming college students hovers at sixth grade.
The end result of access-assessment-remediation-retention? A "higher education" in which the graduate programs are reluctant to admit graduates, and the employers quit coming to the job fair.

Contributing to this failure is the mindset called "politically correct" for short.  But the Perpetually Aggrieved are turning on each other.  Reason's Nick Gillespie hopes that something reasoned will come next.
Colleges and universities becoming places where free inquiry is not simply tolerated but a foundational principle? Where faculty are expected to produce new knowledge and engage in sharp, unsettling, and sometimes incredibly nasty debates while inching toward some inherently provisional but nonetheless meaningful understanding of truth? Where students are exposed not to epistemic closure and endless jeremiads about the latest and greatest microaggression (soon to be replaced, I'm sure, by even smaller and difficult to see nanoaggressions)?

Yeah, it could happen.
Yeah, and I'll be pleased to report on it if I see it.

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