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Not So Dumb

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Mark Bauerlein has called today’s youth the “dumbest” generation for their restless inability to focus on anything serious and their perpetual involvement in social media to the exclusion of contact with people older than they are. But this generation, too, can learn. I was pleased to see an article in the New York Times on Sunday suggesting that college students are beginning to rein in their Facebook pages, eliminating some of the wilder photos and details and keeping more of their activities private. These 18- to 24-year-olds are realizing that employers might look askance at some of their activities. Facing a difficult job market, they recognize that they could be rejected out of hand. The millennials are growing up.  

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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