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    I've posted a few articles written by Walter E. Williams which he publishes on his mailing list, Something to Think About. This one is titled, Fraud in Higher Education. He makes a solid case with his argument that our educational system is a fraud on the American public. A very destructive fraud at that.

    Fraud in Higher Education

    This year's education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to get their children into colleges by cheating on entrance exams or bribing athletic coaches. They paid William Singer, a college-prep professional, more than $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators and to change test scores on college admittance exams such as the SAT and ACT. As disgusting as this grossly dishonest behavior is, it is only the tiny tip of fraud in higher education.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, only 37% of white high school graduates tested as college-ready, but colleges admitted 70% of them. Roughly 17% of black high school graduates tested as college-ready, but colleges admitted 58% of them. A 2018 Hechinger Report found, "More than four in 10 college students end up in developmental math and English classes at an annual cost of approximately $7 billion, and many of them have a worse chance of eventually graduating than if they went straight into college-level classes."

    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "when considering all first-time undergraduates, studies have found anywhere from 28 percent to 40 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. When looking at only community college students, several studies have found remediation rates surpassing 50 percent." Only 25% of students who took the ACT in 2012 met the test's readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math and science.)

    It's clear that high schools confer diplomas that attest that a student can read, write and do math at a 12th-grade level when, in fact, most cannot. That means most high diplomas represent fraudulent documents. But when high school graduates enter college, what happens? To get a hint, we can turn to an article by Craig E. Klafter, "Good Grieve! America's Grade Inflation Culture," published in the Fall 2019 edition of Academic Questions. In 1940, only 15% of all grades awarded were A's. By 2018, the average grade point average at some of the nation's leading colleges was A-minus. For example, the average GPA at Brown University (3.75), Stanford (3.68), Harvard College (3.63), Yale University (3.63), Columbia University (3.6), University of California, Berkeley (3.59).

    The falling standards witnessed at our primary and secondary levels are becoming increasingly the case at tertiary levels. "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses" is a study conducted by Professors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. They found that 45% of 2,300 students at 24 colleges showed no significant improvement in "critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years."

    An article in News Forum for Lawyers titled "Study Finds College Students Remarkably Incompetent" cites a study done by the American Institutes for Research that revealed that over 75% of two-year college students and 50% of four-year college students were incapable of completing everyday tasks. About 20% of four-year college students demonstrated only basic mathematical ability, while a steeper 30% of two-year college students could not progress past elementary arithmetic. NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually to train employees in "basic English."

    Here is a list of some other actual college courses that have been taught at U.S. colleges in recent years: "What If Harry Potter Is Real?" "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame," "Philosophy and Star Trek," "Learning from YouTube," "How To Watch Television," and "Oh, Look, a Chicken!" The questions that immediately come to mind are these: What kind of professor would teach such courses, and what kind of student would spend his time taking such courses? Most importantly, what kind of college president and board of trustees would permit classes in such nonsense?

    The fact that unscrupulous parents paid millions for special favors from college administrators to enroll their children pales in comparison to the poor educational outcomes, not to mention the gross indoctrination of young people by leftist professors.
    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

    “One and God make a majority.”
    ― Frederick Douglass

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    Originally posted by ffreeloader View Post

    Here is a list of some other actual college courses that have been taught at U.S. colleges in recent years: "What If Harry Potter Is Real?" "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame," "Philosophy and Star Trek," "Learning from YouTube," "How To Watch Television," and "Oh, Look, a Chicken!" The questions that immediately come to mind are these: What kind of professor would teach such courses, and what kind of student would spend his time taking such courses?

    Professors of philosophy; philosophy prerequisites for underclassmen.

    These are serious philosophical studies...made more trendy and interesting ....for what many current young students would consider otherwise dry, ancient and boring.

    Learn your facts before posting please....you look like a cranky, old crack-pot

    PS The rest was more/less a disorganized non seq.
    _/\_

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    • #3
      Originally posted by quip View Post

      Professors of philosophy; philosophy prerequisites for underclassmen.

      These are serious philosophical studies...made more trendy and interesting ....for what many current young students would consider otherwise dry, ancient and boring.

      Learn your facts before posting please....you look like a cranky, old crack-pot

      PS The rest was more/less a disorganized non seq.
      So you're right and Walter E. Williams is wrong? Nope.
      All of my ancestors are human.
      Originally posted by Squeaky
      That explains why your an idiot.
      Originally posted by God's Truth
      Father figure, Son figure, and Holy Spirit figure.
      Col 2:9 (AKJV/PCE)
      (2:9) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

      1Tim 4:10 (AKJV/PCE)
      (4:10) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

      Something that was SPOKEN OF since the world began CANNOT be the SAME thing as something KEPT SECRET since the world began.

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      • #4
        Rather , what's W.E.W.s agenda?
        _/\_

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        • #5
          Originally posted by quip View Post
          Rather , what's W.E.W.s agenda?
          To moan about "leftist" professors it would seem...
          Well this is fun isn't it?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Arthur Brain View Post

            To moan about "leftist" professors it would seem...
            well, only if you were too lazy to read the article

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            • #7
              Originally posted by quip View Post
              PS The rest was more/less a disorganized non seq.

              you never learned to read a well-written essay either, eh?

              so sad



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              • #8
                Originally posted by ok doser View Post


                you never learned to read a well-written essay either, eh?

                so sad


                Haven't been offered one .....as of late.
                _/\_

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by quip View Post

                  Haven't been offered one .....as of late.
                  Well this is fun isn't it?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by quip View Post

                    Haven't been offered one .....as of late.
                    so it's worse than I suspected - you not only can't read a well-written essay, you can't recognize one.

                    so sad

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by quip View Post

                      Professors of philosophy; philosophy prerequisites for underclassmen.

                      These are serious philosophical studies...made more trendy and interesting ....for what many current young students would consider otherwise dry, ancient and boring.

                      Learn your facts before posting please....you look like a cranky, old crack-pot

                      PS The rest was more/less a disorganized non seq.
                      Serious Studies! Please...More like ridiculous drivel disguised as actual academic studies, and it is absurd. Please don't try to make excuses for the absolute nonsense that our current acedemic community tries to pass off as actual education, the fact that you would attempt to defend it makes you look like the crack pot.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rocketman View Post

                        Serious Studies! Please...More like ridiculous drivel disguised as actual academic studies, and it is absurd. Please don't try to make excuses for the absolute nonsense that our current acedemic community tries to pass off as actual education, the fact that you would attempt to defend it makes you look like the crack pot.
                        crack pot, probably

                        troll, definitely

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                        • #13
                          Read the synopsis of this example for yourself:
                          https://firstyearseminar.appstate.ed...ry-potter-real

                          Looks like you two einsteins could stand to audit this course.
                          _/\_

                          Christians: "I - a stranger and afraid - in a world I never made.." -- Houseman

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ok doser View Post

                            so it's worse than I suspected - you not only can't read a well-written essay, you can't recognize one.

                            so sad
                            Well-written essay? it's an article: "I've posted a few articles written by Walter E. Williams which he publishes on his mailing list..."
                            An Opinion piece at best.

                            Walter is an economist, thus he's beyond his expertise in evaluating liberal arts courses.

                            As such, look at that spurious concluding paragraph:

                            The fact that unscrupulous parents paid millions for special favors from college administrators to enroll their children pales in comparison to the poor educational outcomes, not to mention the gross indoctrination of young people by leftist professors.

                            "Pales in comparison"....how so? (Unsupported ethical comparison, Apples/oranges)
                            "....not to mention".....not to mention this is an tangential, ill-informed comment.
                            Last edited by quip; December 22, 2019, 05:09 AM.
                            _/\_

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                            • #15
                              quip and Arthur Brain


                              I can't understand why you two are so eager to display your ignorance. An economist studies how human beings behave. That is the basis of economics for it looks at what people do in financial terms. How they spend, how they earn, their habits and practices of saving vs spending, etc.... It doesn't look at or presuppose motivations it just deals with behavior. The actual facts of behavior not suppositions.

                              This means only a part of an economics professors job is to teach math. The rest of what he teaches is based upon critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Thus an economics professor is in a very good position to observe the skill levels of all the students that pass through his courses. And as Williams has been teaching economics now for decades he has had to watch this decline in the educational levels of his students deteriorating on a year by year basis.

                              That you guys think he's in no position to judge the critical thinking skills and ability to use the English language of his students is ludicrous. All you're doing by making the remarks you've made is demonstrate your own ignorance.
                              “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
                              ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

                              “One and God make a majority.”
                              ― Frederick Douglass

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