Well, dang. Why do I work so hard to get kids ready for college?
Apparently, according to a study, they aren’t doing much work.
A study of more than 2,300 undergraduates found 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years.
Not much is asked of students, either. Half did not take a single course requiring 20 pages of writing during their prior semester, and one-third did not take a single course requiring even 40 pages of reading per week.
I grade a lot of student writing. Whenever I make comments about the quality of the essays and how they could be better, the comments are dismissed as unimportant by the students. Yes, their grades suffer in the long run, but they don’t care, because to them, reading and writing do not matter. Critical thinking doesn’t matter.
I wish I had an answer for why students feel this way, but it is across the board.
It is very frustrating. The only card I have to play is how demanding college will be…and now this study.
I was in college 12 years ago. I read about 100 pages (or more) a night, wrote many essays (remember a two-week time period wherein I had seven due), and I did have 20 page papers analyzing literature.
The business majors? They had a lot of fun. That’s all I’m saying. But you know, they had to work on those networking and people skills for the business world, right?
I never have and never will give a person more worth than another, just because he or she went to college. It doesn’t make you smart; it is what you make of the opportunity.
This country needs a re-birth, big time.