Maybe College Is Too Late to Learn to Think

Looking at the College Learning Assessment Plus test (CLA+) to claim that colleges fail to improve critical-thinking skills is itself a failure of critical thinking (“Many Colleges Fail in Teaching How to Think,” page one, June 6). Given that the crucial goal of improving critical thinking is a widely shared one, the better question would be: How can we ensure more access and good use of a rigorous well-rounded higher education? The answer begins with pushing back against short-term thinking exclusively about job-related skills and placing a higher value on opportunities for students to challenge themselves with a…

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