by: Scott Jaschik
Published: Inside Higher Ed 1/18/11
"If the purpose of a college education is for students to learn, academe is failing."...
"The main culprit for lack of academic progress of students, according to the authors, is a lack of rigor."...
" They review data from student surveys to show, for example, that 32 percent of students each semester do not take any courses with more than 40 pages of reading assigned a week, and that half don't take a single course in which they must write more than 20 pages over the course of a semester. Further, the authors note that students spend, on average, only about 12-14 hours a week studying, and that much of this time is studying in groups."
"Students who study by themselves for more hours each week gain more knowledge -- while those who spend more time studying in peer groups see diminishing gains."
This cements my intention and plan in our homeschooling, to teach my sons to be good readers, to be able to handle reading and consuming a decent volume of written text every day, and to learn how to study independently.
Hat Tip: A post by MK on the hs2coll (homeschool to college) YahooGroup.