Is Higher Education Making Students Dumb and Dumber?

29 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017 Last revised: 8 Aug 2018

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: August 6, 2017

Abstract

This paper examines what colleges and universities have to do if they wish to remain relevant. Many students graduating college today lack critical thinking skills. One reason for this is that academics themselves lack some important skills that include: (1) an appreciation of uncertainty; (2) respect for other disciplines; and (3) an understanding of what true diversity is all about. All of these require humility which is not valued enough in academe.

Keywords: Moral Certainty, Overconfidence, Cognitive Biases, Skills, Evidence-Based Research, Déformation Professionelle, Critical Thinking, Heterodox Academy, Intellectual Humility

JEL Classification: C00, C10, C40, I20, L15, L21, L82, L86, M31, M37, O3

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Is Higher Education Making Students Dumb and Dumber? (August 6, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3014350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3014350

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