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By Alexander W. Astin

ISBN-10: 1620364476

ISBN-13: 9781620364475

ISBN-10: 1620364484

ISBN-13: 9781620364482

This booklet explores the various ways that the obsession with “being clever” distorts the lifetime of a standard collage or college, and the way this obsession ends up in a better schooling that shortchanges nearly all of scholars, and via extension, our society’s want 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 potential for every one pupil: even though “smart” they're once they get to varsity, either the scholar and the school can be in a position to express what they realized whereas there.

Unfortunately, schools and universities have embraced very slim definitions of smartness: the path grade and particularly the standardized try out. a wide physique of study indicates that it'll be very tricky for faculties to satisfy their said challenge until they considerably develop their perception to incorporate scholar traits equivalent to management, social accountability, honesty, empathy, and citizenship.

Specifically, the publication grapples with matters akin to the following:

• Why America’s 3,000-plus schools and universities have advanced 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 sign up the “smartest” students.

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

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

• Why collage colleges are likely to worth being shrewdpermanent greater than constructing scholars’ smartness (i.e., educating and learning).

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