Carnival Of Education

This week’s Carnival Of Education, hosted by The Ed Wonks, includes a post by Right Wing Prof on the disconnect between the expectations of high school teachers and college instructors. While 85 percent of secondary teachers think their students have the reading skills they’ll need for college, only 53 percent of professors agree. The differences are similar for writing and research skills.

A new ACT study also spotlights the preparation gap:

High school teachers believe states prepare students well for college-level work; however, roughly 65 percent of postsecondary instructors responded that their state’s standards prepared students poorly or very poorly for college-level work in English/writing, reading, and science.

D-Ed Reckoning has more on the ACT study, which finds college professors teaching the basics that are missed in high school. And complaining about it.

In writing, college instructors place more emphasis on the fundamentals – basic grammar, sentence structure and punctuation – than their high school counterparts.

. . . High school teachers valued exposure to advanced math content to a greater degree than college faculty, who placed more emphasis on understanding the fundamental underlying math skills and processes.

College seems awfully late to be teaching sentence structure.

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  1. College? How about post-law school? Every lawyer I know laments the writing skills of newbie attorneys. These are people who, invariably, performed well in high school and college, and made it through law school– yet I find papers and letters often filled with run-ons, misplaced modifiers, fragments–you name it– in writing that is supposed to be of a much higher quality than my comment here (which I threw in, on the good chance that this comment contains errors! 🙂 )