Monday, January 21, 2013
This morning, I opened my email to find one from a woman who'd found this blog through searching for sites that mentioned college instructors' opinions about new students' levels of preparedness for college (as in: they're really not prepared academically). She sent me a link to the work she'd been involved in.
I followed the link, and read the article, then looked through the graphic representation of current college students. I'd sort of known all of the information that the article put together, but I hadn't quite put it all together.
It's an ugly picture, folks. And it's actually worse than the graphics and article indicate. Why do I say that?
Reading comprehension and information retention levels are dropping. It doesn't show in the test scores, thanks to all of the class time spent on test-taking strategies, and thanks to the fact that there aren't really essay portions to the standardized tests. But anyone who teaches can see it happening.
If I were conspiracy-theory prone, I'd swear it was deliberate on the part of the political elite--after all, their kids go to private schools, not public schools. Their kids aren't being damaged by the latest edu-babble theories, lack of classroom discipline, and inferior curricula.
Yeah, definitely home-schooling my kids.