Wednesday, June 7, 2017

College Assessment Finds Many Seniors Can't Develop An Argument, Interpret Data

                Results of a relatively obscure standardized test that measures critical thinking ability do not do much to burnish the reputation of colleges and universities. The College Learning Assessment Plus test is administered to freshman and senior students at 200 schools around the country in order to measure the improvement in their critical thinking skills. However, according to a Wall Street Journal report, over a third of seniors at more than half of the schools couldn’t develop an argument, interpret data or analyze evidence in a document. In fact, at many of the schools, student’s scores actually went down from their freshman to their senior years!
                That is what happens when debate, logic and philosophy classes are replaced by courses in women’s studies, diversity awareness, and “the problem with whiteness.” This is what happens when the works of Plato, Socrates, Montesquieu, Burke, Adam Smith, the Founders and Friedrich Hayek are replaced by the “works” of Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Al Sharpton, Paul Krugman, Al Gore and Elizabeth Warren. This is what happens when the kiddies are allowed to break down and run to their “safe spaces” to enjoy a warm cookie and squeeze some Play-Doh whenever they are accidentally exposed to a point of view their professors have taught them to disagree with.
                So send your kids to the most expensive and prestigious colleges in the land, to be indoctrinated in the virtues of socialism/Marxism. Shell out 50 grand a year so they can be told what to think and made into spineless, whiny, incompetent, weaklings that are tolerant of everything but excellence, standards, tradition, conservative thought and common sense. And/or saddle them with massive student loan debt so that they end up living in your basement until they’re 43, because they can’t handle the real world. They’ll still have Twitter, emojis and video games.
                And if you’ve graduated from college recently, that all probably makes perfect sense.

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