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Colleges Have Some 'Splainin' to Do: Students Can't Think Critically

Every year, men and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test to measure their ability to reason and think critically --- and recent results are discouraging.

According to the Wall Street Journal, at least one third of seniors at more than half the schools were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table.

"That's why we are cranking out robots. That's why the level of discourse has really [declined]. It's not social media. I mean, social media is a tool. It's like, we're not going to blame the gun. I'm not going to blame Twitter. It's the inability to have a rational argument," Mike Broomhead said, filling in for Glenn on radio Tuesday.

Unfortunately, this discouraging trend won't likely change until the focus of higher education becomes teaching students how to think instead of teaching them what to think.

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MIKE: So this data that was collected from this test data from freshmen and seniors. Take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. More than half of the schools, at least one-third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document, or interpret data in a table. This according to the Wall Street Journal stop imagine being given something to read and not being able to comprehend, and then base -- create an argument on the information you've been given. That's why we are cranking out robots. That's why the level of discourse has really -- it's not social media. I mean, social media is a tool. It's like, we're not going to blame the gun. I'm not going to blame at this time. It's the inability to have a rational argument. I would rather call you stupid than have a conversation about why I disagree with you.

And that's what we've devolved into. We've got all the anecdotal evidence of the liberal professor that had the kids in San Diego wipe the pro-life things off the sidewalk. And that's -- that's kind of a symptom of what's going on. The reality of what's going on is somebody that says I don't agree with that, but they're entitled to their opinion. I am as adamantly as pro-life a person that there is. But that doesn't mean that I'm going to try to silence pro-choice people. That doesn't mean that I don't think they have a right to their opinion. And I have to admit, I acquiesce every time in the conversation. It's legal in America. So I'm not going to go after people for breaking the law. I'm not going to call women baby killers. I'm not going to be insulting. I'll state my case of why I believe it's the wrong thing.

But I can do it -- I can make a cohesive argument. And I barely have a high school diploma. And I mean, I barely have a high school diploma. But the idea to create critical thinkers is what we should do in everybody. Young people --- I speak in high schools across the state where I live. And you'd be amazed at some of the critical thinkers that there are. That there are young people that are concerned about terrorism and the economy and the things you and I are worried about. And they're able to ask things in a very intelligent way when they're thought to be critical thinkers.

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Segregation Survivor: How to Counter BLM's Race LIES | Bob Woodson | Ep 106

Civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson has lived through segregation and been a victim of racism. But he doesn't fit the Left's mold. In fact, he's providing an alternative narrative to their "equity." With the Woodson Center and 1776 Unites, he is offering solutions that BLM rejects, but that are actually helping improve the lives of countless people trapped in poverty and inner-city violence. He goes through all of this and more in his latest book, "Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers." And he joins Glenn to make the case that the radical Left does not represent the majority of the black community. As leftist race-baiters make millions off branding the police as white supremacists while breaking the spirits of Americans of ALL races, Woodson calls out their moral treason, speaks truth to power, and denounces real racism for what it truly is: evil.

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Biden's Big Speech: The Glenn Beck & Mark Levin Rebuttal

After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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Is 2022 Our Last Chance to Save America? | Victor Davis Hanson | Ep 105

Do you know where your water comes from? Renowned historian and conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson gets his water from a well on his family farm. He pumps it himself. And he believes that's what more Americans need — to be grounded and stop taking so much for granted. Hanson joins Glenn to point out that this needs to happen soon, because as he describes in his new article, "The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America," things are getting ... bleak. The Left is subverting the Constitution more every day. The value of the dollar is dropping. The media has fused with the radical Left. Corporations, Hollywood, Silicon Valley are all working together to increase their power and their wokeness. And academia isn't any better — as a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Hanson has watched for himself the deterioration of constitutional rights on campus. And as a historian, he knows how all of this usually ends — and what we must do to prevent it.

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Dollar Decimation: How Biden’s Spending Spree Will End Our Currency

If it feels like the U.S. government is spending money like it's going out of style, it's because it is.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes the TRUE state of our economy that the Biden administration doesn't want you to see. Obama kicked off a spending spree that was continued under the Trump administration, and now President Joe Biden will finally push us over the ledge with the $2.3 TRILLION "infrastructure" deal.

All signs point to a major economic disaster. And the perfect storm is brewing to convert the greenback into a new digital currency. Think Bitcoin, but with CENTRAL bank control, where we could see the end of private savings and private spending and your finances are tracked. Every time our money gets converted, your wallet will take the losses.

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