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Why Many Young Americans Emote, but Don’t Reason

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece by Professor Jonathan Jacobs of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Here’s a passage to whet your appetite:

“Whatever your stance regarding the culture wars and the politics of higher education, it is undeniable that a great many graduating students have little idea what genuine intellectual exploration involves. Too often, learning to think is replaced by ideological scorekeeping, and the use of adjectives replaces the use of arguments.”

Jacobs has identified perhaps the greatest flaw in our education system. Read the whole thing.

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


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