In 2011 an astonishing book that studies the US education system and its effectiveness came out. The book is titled “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses”. According to the survey conducted among 3,000 young college students, nearly half of them show absolutely no advancement in their knowledge and skills after their first two years in college. All in all, according to the study results the first two years of college are utterly useless.
The students who participated in the survey came from 29 colleges situated in different states and were tested based on their critical reasoning, analytical thinking and above all creative writing.
It turns out that after spending 2 years in college 45% of the participants showed no significant improvement in learning. After 4 years only 36% demonstrated insignificant knowledge gain.
According to the study students also spend less than 50% of their time studying the content in their textbooks compared to students from previous generations.
The authors of the book hope their efforts in conducting this shocking research motivate college faculties to identify what works well in terms of enabling students to want to learn more in their freshman and sophomore years.