It’s not just that 40% of kids who go to community colleges need remediation in basic subjects. It’s more that a huge chunk of kids who go to any college are “disengaged” and not ready for “the kind of thinking and learning that college professors are going to expect of students.” This according to an important interview from NPR on what’s happening to the hyper-connected, over-scheduled, over-tested generation of kids we’re now raising.
And “ready for college” depends on what college is today. As Diana Oblinger argues in “Higher Education in the Connected Age,” it pretty much can’t be the same as it ever was now that “learners are connected” in ways that didn’t exist a few years ago.
And finally, to round out this week’s higher ed installment on a down note, The Guardian has launched into a eye-opening series titled “The US Student Debt Project.” #ugh
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