For a number of years, it was assumed that public education was swimming along, efficiently educating children of all ages. More recently, the products coming out of public schools have caused a troubling concern to leap into the minds of adults: are schools dumbing down the content they teach to students?
I have been observing this trend for years, now, from both inside and outside public schools and academia. The author, Annie Holmquist, writes,
“One could cast blame in many directions to attempt to explain why students are not intellectually prepared for college. But is it possible that the main reason stems from the fact that schools are simply not set up to train students to think for themselves?”
A good question. And one to which I suspect I know the answer…
I would also add, society is teaching students that they ought to be able to get anything they want without much effort, intellectual or otherwise!