An interesting article this week from Inside Higher Ed claims “Students aren’t coddled; they’re defeated.” The author discusses the high stakes testing environment of secondary education in the U.S. and how it has separated school from learning in a very negative way, which leads to student disengagement. I know I’ve seen similar signs of students’ lack of interest in formal education in my work with classes and in the library, where they chase just what they need to make the grade and have no interest in learning anything beyond that. The author calls for us in higher education to better connect what we do to students’ futures beyond college, which I feel is an important component for us in community colleges. The article has apparently struck a chord, as the comments section indicates. What do you think? Is this an area of concern for you, for your institution, for librarianship? What can be done, if anything?
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