I just received an email from a friend of mine who works for a university. Her job is to assist ‘students’ with their papers required for graduation. They write up their ideas as best they can and them give them to her for review to check for accuracy — spelling, grammar, punctuation… She reports that the vast majority of these documents are trash. They have poor grammar, spelling errors, etc.
Now you may be thinking, “Well that’s what the poor kid is in college for, to learn to write and develop those and other skills.” But the reality is that these people are all post graduate students! They are handing her their master’s thesis and doctoral dissertations! Ah, but wait, you haven’t heard the worst of it yet!! Most of these students are working on these degrees so that they can become school superintendents or managerial people within the public education system!! Now if that doesn’t scare you, nothing will.
In brief, this is yet again another bit of evidence that tells me the ‘dumbing down of Americans’ is real. If so, we should ask how we will survive in the future..?