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Overselling College

Here’s a piece by a writer in North Carolina who also thinks that college has been oversold and sees that the mania for getting as many students as possible into college fills classrooms with kids who have little or no interest in learning:

Talking privately to teachers, you will hear a different story. They can’t wait for them to leave. Wannabe dropouts disrupt, play the late-night comedian and flirt openly with the opposite sex — a huge distraction. Bad language is used as weaponry and corrupts otherwise reasonable pupils. When the culprits return to class after punishment, they have fallen further behind.
This group should not be in classes where higher education is a real goal. Their mere presence can raise the room temperature by many degrees.

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

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