Adam Cole ’03 writes:

I thought this was interesting and relevant to the whole idea of the “purple bubble.” The Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that seniors at Williams scored lower than freshman on a 60 question multiple choice test on history, government, foreign affairs, and the economy. As a political science major, I always had good discussions about politics and current events, but I know that many students get lost in the day to day of being at Williams and forget about the world outside the purple bubble. Seems relevant for ephblog.

Indeed. But, glancing at the study, who really cares? Does it matter whether or not Williams graduates know about, say, the settlement at Jamestown? I don’t think so. I don’t care if every Williams students takes a course on American history or none do. I care that the courses are rigorously taught and appealing to students.

Also, as a rule of thumb, it is a waste of time to study surveys which do not release the exact list of questions asked.

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