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Friday, 08 April 2011


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Mannie Sherberg
Sad to say, "college educated" and "educated" are not synonymous -- and that's not just my anecdotal, impressionistic, old-fogey opinion. A stunning new book by a couple of sociologists -- one from NYU and one from the U. of Virginia -- makes the case that a depressingly large number of college students these days learn almost nothing about the basics, including complex reasoning, critical thinking, and writing. The book --- titled "Academically Adrift" and published by the U. of Chicago Press -- marshals a vast amount of data to conclude that many graduates are just as benighted, uninformed, and ignorant after four years in college as they were before. Obama swept the youth vote in 2008. Could there be a connection? Ya think?

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