New PDF release: Are You Smart Enough?: How Colleges' Obsession with

By Alexander W. Astin

This ebook explores the various ways that the obsession with “being clever” distorts the lifetime of a customary university or collage, and the way this obsession ends up in the next schooling that shortchanges nearly all of scholars, and by way of extension, our society’s desire for an informed inhabitants.

The writer calls on his colleagues in better schooling to come the point of interest to the real undertaking of constructing the possibility of each one pupil: even if “smart” they're after they get to school, either the scholar and the school could be capable of convey what they realized whereas there.

Unfortunately, faculties and universities have embraced very slender definitions of smartness: the direction grade and particularly the standardized try. a wide physique of analysis exhibits that it'll be very tricky for schools to meet their said venture except they considerably expand their notion to incorporate pupil characteristics akin to management, social accountability, honesty, empathy, and citizenship.

Specifically, the ebook grapples with concerns akin to the following:

• Why America’s 3,000-plus schools and universities have developed right into a hierarchical pecking order, the place associations compete with one another to recruit “smart” scholars, and the place a handful of elite associations on the most sensible of the pecking order join the “smartest” students.

• Why better schooling favors its smartest scholars to the purpose the place the “not so shrewdpermanent” scholars get second-class treatment.

• Why such a lot of schools locate it tough to make reliable on their dedication to affirmative motion and “equality of opportunity.”

• Why university schools are inclined to price being clever greater than constructing scholars’ smartness (i.e., instructing and learning).

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