Anti-intellectualism: High Schools

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Amanda Streb
9/4/2010
English 1110
Student Anti-Intellectualism: In My Perspective
The way I see it, Paul Trout’s essay, “Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of the University”, is somewhat tedious. The fact that he simply states an equal idea in every paragraph is bothersome to the everyday reader. However, I do strongly agree with the whole concept of the essay. I see it in my everyday life; whether I’m at my high school or even just at extra-curricular activities. Students nowadays just don’t care. When I was reading this essay, I found part of it to be true about myself. Fortunately, I did not fit all of the characteristics. In the years ahead, the real campus war may be between those who think that students should adapt to the rigors of higher education, and those who think that higher education should adapt to the declining motivation and intellectual commitment of students. This quote made me think a lot about the classes I would like to take in college. I am highly motivated with my work and I appreciate it when my classes tend to push me to do better. I know that I would not like my classes to become easier because of the type of students in my class. I, honestly, think that the students that choose to attend college really need to evaluate their priorities and figure out if they want to learn. They should be the ones that need to adapt to the classes instead of the classes adapting to them. Colleges need to set higher standards and stick to them. I completely understand that “body count equals money” and our country is all about money these days. However, the administrators at these colleges need to think about the future of this country. If they lower their standards, students with a substantially lower aptitude in means of learning will graduate and somehow get jobs that they don’t deserve. The younger generations will someday be running this country and I highly doubt they want anti-intellectualists having those jobs. In regards...
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