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On the Ignorance of College Students

In this Forbes piece, professors Burt Folsom of Hillsdale College and Blaine McCormick of Baylor University discuss the depressing ignorance of many college students. They leave high school knowing little, and much of what they think they know is wrong.

The reason for this lamentable state of affairs has a lot to do with the books used in high school to teach about economics, business, and history. They have mostly been written by “progressives” with a view toward imbuing students with what Ludwig von Mises called the anti-capitalist mentality. The statist notions that students absorb in high school and college make them easy marks for crusading leftist politicians.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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