Recognition Given to College Professors Who Uphold High Standards

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A study by Michigan State University Professor L. Patrick Sheetz, "Recruiting Trends 1994-95," finds that not enough college graduates have the ability to write, speak and reason coherently to hold down a job.

John Leo reported in the April 21 issue of Newsweek that half of college graduates cannot read a bus schedule. A recent Department of Education report said that 53 percent of college graduates could not figure out how much change they should get back after putting down $3 to pay for a 60-cent bowl of soup and a $1.95 sandwich.

There are reasons for this educational malaise. Part of it is that half-witted professors, backed by dim-witted, smooth-talking administrators, are teaching our youngsters unmitigated nonsense. For example, Professor James Sledd of the University of Texas writes in College English that standard English is "essentially an instrument of domination." Arguing against knowledge of grammar and logic, Professor Jay Robinson of the University of Michigan says that "the myth of basic skills" helps sustain rigid and evil class structures; what college students really need is reaffirmation as "members of racial, social and linguistic minorities." The National Association of Scholars put out a devastating report on the dumbing-down of college curriculum, which includes courses for credit like "queer theory," the works of Pee Wee Herman and watching Oprah or Montel Williams. Everybody has heard of these and other horror stories about the state of higher education in America. But there are forces emerging to help combat higher-education malaise. Today, in the Senate Russell office building, the John Templeton Foundation kicks off a new program called Templeton Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society. Honorees will be chosen for their commitment in teaching the interdependence of political freedom, the market economy and the moral principles that sustain a free society. …