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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

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Why graduates aren't making the grade


Brian, I think you are right on and applaud you for having the courage to speak out. Only when people realize the ultimate impact of a less than stellar education, limited opportunities, will things change. The reality is we don't teach critical thinking skills anymore, period. We put the answers in the back of math books, high school debate has been dumbed down from what it once was, and in Michigan they don't even want to require that a student take Algebra 2 for high school graduation. Trying to have conversations with people today, looking at what people think constitutes an "argument" or a "position" on ANY topic reveals this. The prevailing behavior in education and the workplace is to go to the person above you and expect them to tell you how to do the assignment they just gave you, then if they are willing to do that and you can complete the assignment, you await your applause. Is it any wonder that homeschooling is on the rise in the United States? No one is asking that students emerge from university prepared for a specific career, but at least let them emerge prepared to think.

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