The Wall Street Journal reports that “researchers surveyed 655 students entering Berea College, a private liberal arts college located in Kentucky” and “found that while math and science majors drew the most interest initially, not many students finished with degrees in those subjects.”
The reason? According to Todd R. Stinebrickner, one of the study’s authors, “Students knew science was hard to begin with…. What they didn’t expect is that even if they work hard, they still won’t do well.”
Based on this study, you could actually make the argument that American students are getting smarter. I mean, why fail at something hard when you can just as easily succeed at something that’s easy?? The truth is that every college student is just one trip to his college adviser away from becoming a genius!
Though it’s also worth noting that researchers were looking at a school in Kentucky, which I believe is one of the states where science is in the process of being outlawed.
Ultimately, the study determined, “If more science graduates are desired, the findings suggest the importance of policies at younger ages that lead students to enter college better prepared to study science.” Then again, the paper was written by scientists, and science is hard, so I’m guessing no one really knows what that means.