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ERIC Number: EJ1150806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Are You Smart Enough?: How Colleges' Obsession with Smartness Shortchanges Students
Astin, Alexander W.
Liberal Education, v103 n2 Spr 2017
The social and economic inequities in America's K-12 education system are well known, what with a rapidly expanding system of expensive private schools and the striking contrasts between urban and suburban public schools. America's higher education system, on the other hand, is generally regarded as far more equitable, given that each of the fifty states attempts to provide low-cost higher education opportunities for almost any high school graduate. Nevertheless, these "open-access" state systems mask an important truth about American postsecondary education: the opportunities available to students with differing levels of academic preparation are far from equivalent. Our system invests the most in those students with the highest levels of academic preparation, and the least in those with the poorest preparation. As long as postsecondary educational opportunities remain so unequal for students with differing levels of preparation, higher education will continue to be handicapped in its efforts to contribute to a more just and equitable society. The author states that college faculties need to focus more on "cultivating" and "developing" smartness than on merely "identifying" and "celebrating" it. Having regular access to information concerning how their students are "changing" and "developing" over time should help shift the attention of college faculties more in the direction of the learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test); ACT Assessment
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