A Think Twice Review of:
The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree and Civic Learning on American Beliefs
Think Twice - Mar 17, 2010
Publisher/Think Tank - Intercollegiate Studies Institute
This report argues that colleges are failing to provide and adequate education in civic knowledge and is also influencing graduates to become less supportive of American values.
Reviewer(s) - Gregory J. Marchant, Ball State University
Marchant's review of the report finds that it ignores contradictory findings, omits key information, wrongly argues causation and confuses civic knowledge with conservative political values. Marchant warns that the report "may, in fact, be destructive of the very ideals of education the authors ascribe to the Founding Fathers – particularly informed democratic participation."