(New American) What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be "ignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace.
Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.
Eileen F. Toplansky, an English professor at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, laments that a good number of her students are so bad that it’s difficult to even grade their work. She provides many examples of undergraduates definitely not smarter than a fifth grader (the ones on TV, anyway), but opens with this striking unedited submission:
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