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The idea of study as an end in itself is about as current as "how to" books about making buggy whips. It's not that students are less motivated than in previous generations--most of them are terribly motivated. But they are not really motivated to tackle difficult intellectual problems and devote irrationally long hours to study, debate, and writing.
My 12-year-old neighbor has just gotten into serious trouble. He had seemed like such a nice kid. "Eddie," as I call him, is a Boy Scout, a fisherman, an inventor, the author of countless ingenious science projects, and a fine student.
College professors regularly complain that their students know little about American history or the history of any other part of the world. And with good reason. On the last national test of American history in 1994, conducted by the federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress, 57 percent of high school seniors were "below basic," as low as it is possible to score.
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