Many students fail to make significant improvements in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills during college.
Which students make the biggest gains? Those who get a liberal arts education.
Anyone doubting the need for a redesign of education might benefit from a recent study, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, by sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. The book found that 45 percent of today’s college students show no significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills after two years of college. More than one-third fail to improve after four years of college. Students showing the greatest gains were the ones who had read and written the most and who had taken the traditional liberal arts education.
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