The HuffPost headlined this article on its front page for a few hours. Read it here.
The big headline on the front page invoked me to think about the low portion of students who are taking Arts and Social Sciences courses, as opposed to Commerce and Science, which are what most students seem to be going for these days, as they seem to be the faculties that better promises money-making careers. As fewer students take Arts courses (namely political science, history, philosophy, sociology, etc.), the number of students with decent critical thinking skills also decreases.
But with regards to the article itself, it’s not surprising that research finds that students who study alone perform better; I for one get very easily distracted when I study with friends.
Do anyone who are fans of “The Wire”, the figures relating to achieving good grades easier relates to the notion of “juking the stats”, which can be for numerous reasons, one of them being to show the government that the schools are performing well, and thus could ask for more funding / boosts its image of ‘global competitiveness’.