Preparation for College

The “Cultural Revolution” Comes to American Academia

Oct 26, 2016 by David Lewis Schaefer |

Old Communist language and tactics are infiltrating American higher education, aided by our historical amnesia.

Re-re-re-revising American History

Sep 11, 2015 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood evaluates APUSH 2.0 and considers the possibility of greater improvements. 

Multiple Choice Math: A Mismatch of Standards

Jun 26, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Wrinkles in the transition from high school to college come in several shades.

Advice for a Young Scholar

Aug 02, 2012 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Professor David Clemens shares a letter he wrote to a student of his who wants to enter the professorial ranks…

“Accelerated Learning”: Bullet Train to Success or Oxymoron?

Jun 27, 2012 by David Clemens |

Why are colleges so deeply invested in doing what is clearly not college?

They’re Not Unteachable

May 23, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

It's more difficult, but certainly not impossible, to teach today's college students.

On Cashiers and College Degrees

Jul 05, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

A New York Times article doesn't convince Jason Fertig that nearly everyone needs to go to college.

Disadvantaged Students

Apr 11, 2011 by Will Fitzhugh |

The truly disadvantaged are those who have not been sufficiently taught how to read and write and graduate from high school unprepared for college.

Do Good Professors Give F’s?

Mar 02, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

When C means degree, professors should pass only students who meet course standards, counsels Jason Fertig.

Mission: Preparation

Feb 24, 2011 by Peter Cohee |

Activism-as-learning begins before college, through the influence on schools of groups such as Facing History and the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation. What are we preparing students for?

AP Tests Don’t Always Benefit High School Students

Dec 28, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

According to the San Jose Mercury News, having students take Advanced Placement tests when they aren't adequately prepared for them can cause them to miss the basics of high school education.

Common Core Standards Miss the Mark

Jun 21, 2010 by Sandra Stotsky |

Sandra Stotsky believes new standards for grades 6-12 English are too low and don't equip students to be "college- and career-ready.

Running in Place

Nov 09, 2009 by Carey Stronach , Peter Wood |

Candace de Russy on Phi Beta Cons links a website picture of a test about the Constitution given in 1954 in which an 8th grader, Kenny Hignite, scored 98½ percent by listing all the cabinet positions and the people holding…

The Battle of Bunker Hill, Round II: Why Doubling the Size of American Higher Education…

Dec 23, 2008 by Peter Wood |

There is a move afoot to use economic bailout money to enroll ill-prepared students in numbers that would overwhelm our system. It rightly deserves the criticism we give it.

Sheep in Wolve’s Clothing: A Business-as-Usual Group Tries on the Rhetoric…

Sep 19, 2008 by Peter Wood |

One education organization seeks to solve an unnamed crisis by paying teachers more and sending more students to college.