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ERIC Number: ED177950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 184
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Higher Schooling in the United States.
Ellefson, C. Ashley
An examination of the schooling system in the United States is presented. The myth that students entering college in the 1970's are brighter, more sophisticated, more knowledgeable, and more serious than students of any other generation is explored. It is contended that there are seven groups of people who promote the myth, each for their own reasons, and that their explanations are all easily refutable. In a second chapter the ignorance of students is assessed. Figures and studies are presented to support the position that today's student is less knowledgeable than previous generations. Four following chapters explore the decline of academic standards in the following areas: students, grading, teachers; academic organization and policy; the adjustment of teachers, departments, and institutions to the threat of retrenchment; and the multiple choice exercise, manipulating essay exams, and the personal interview. The functions of an academic institution--e.g., to indoctrinate students so thoroughly that they will never try to think for themselves--are then discussed, and the culpability of the system is identified. The final chapters deal with the issue of control and changes in the educational system. Extensive bibliographic notes on each chapter are appended. (PHR)
G.K. Hall and Co., 70 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA ($13.95)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States