Most college freshmen want to be prosperous; a minority think it’s importnat to “develop a meaningful philosophy of life.” So says the latest American Freshman Survey, which has tracked attitudes for 38 years.
Slightly less than 40 percent of current college freshmen said it was important to develop a meaningful philosophy. The absence of introspection is a far cry from the peak year of 1967, when 86 percent of freshmen said it was important to find a meaningful life philosophy.
UCLA profs blame competitive pressure to get into college. I blame a weak economy.
Far more high school students go on to college now than a generation ago. Yet grades keep rising.
Students earning A averages hit a record high of 47 percent, compared with 18 percent in 1968. That apparent grade inflation ”shows that as the A average becomes the norm, the C grade is becoming a thing of the past,” said Alexander W. Astin, the UCLA education professor who founded the survey.
Interest in politics is rising but remains much lower than in the ’60s. Students are shifting to the right. Drinking, smoking and partying continue to decline.