In their 2010 book, “Academically Adrift”, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa used the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to measure students understanding of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing. They found that after the first two years of college many students demonstrated only limited learning and 45% showed no improvement at all. In a 2014 follow-up … More The cocoon of delusion – are we praising away our children’s future?
Sometimes it seems that what the world really needs is more apathy, at least about some things. Apathy is sometimes viewed as being universally negative, but I’d suggest that in some cases it’s the ideal emotion. One obvious example that comes to mind is homosexuality. This is the part that may sound offensive to some, … More The virtues of apathy