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Another Indictment of Low College Standards

Schools used to concentrate on reading and writing, but standards have slipped so badly that many college graduates now can’t communicate well enough to do jobs. Here is a CNBC piece on point, “Why Johnny Can’t Write, and Why Employers Are Mad.”

Americans living in, say 1963, would have been astounded to hear about college graduates who can’t do basic things that used to be mastered by kids in grade school. As my friend Steve Balch has put it, “We don’t so much have higher education, as merely longer education.”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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