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I have a new article on American Thinker about how academic decline is spreading upward into colleges. I've just read through the 150 comments. Really, that was a depressing experience.
The article is based on the wishful premise that the elite universities are still elite and that they will want to protect that status. My rhetorical gimmick is to call on Harvard, Princeton, and Yale – "Come on, guys, a dumb tide is coming to get you, don't you care? Would you like to fight back?"
Problem is, the decline throughout K-16 is a longtime problem, still going strong, and getting worse.
Anyway, for those who don't have a sense of how everything has been shifting negatively for decades, if you read this article, please read some comments. They give a good history lesson quickly. You get a sense of how everybody in education conspires to sabotage their own field.
What I want, as an education reformer, is a lot more cleverness and ingenuity from kindergarten upward. I know we can teach a lot more than we're now teaching.