He teaches at a private university where the average accepted student graduated highschool with a 3.8 GPA.
Edit: But to address the latter part of your comments, Dad is outspoken on his opinion that it is absurd to insist that everyone should get a liberal arts education. That most people would be better served by a good vocational school. I never actually went to college - and i regret not having that social experience - but I'm fairly certain that among my 7 siblings i'm in the top 3 earners.
Well, there goes my theory on that. But I do think my theory of college as an expectation still helps explain the decline. That, and I also think that the specific discipline of writing tends to not be taught in a systematized manner at the secondary school level. Certain other disciplines, I think, have genuinely advanced. For example, in my parents day, it was extremely unusual for someone to take calculus in high school. When I was in high school, you were considered a low-achiever if you did not take calculus.
Edited by nealric - 10/23/10 at 10:46am