In an era when college students commonly take longer than four years to get a bachelor’s degree, some U.S. schools are looking anew at an old idea: slicing a year off their undergraduate programs to save families time and money.
That raises two questions. Why was “four years” the standard, and why do they think they can suddenly reduce the number of years?
The four-year bachelor’s degree has been the model in the United States since the first universities began operating before the American Revolution. Four-year degrees were designed in large part to provide a broad-based education that teaches young people to analyze and think critically, considered vital preparation to participate in the civic life of American democracy.
I think I see. Since colleges no longer bother to teach students to analyze or think critically, they don’t need four years. I guess it takes just three years to indoctrinate students into liberal ideology.