It’s a burning issue: why aren’t more college students majoring in science?
It’s not for lack of desire. It’s not because they don’t know where the jobs are.
The real reason, according to a study performed by Ralph Stinebrickner and Todd Stinebrickner is that science is hard. (Via Matthew Yglesias)
Students fall back into Humanities and Social Sciences courses because those are easy.
The Stinebrickners write:
We find that students enter school quite optimistic/interested about obtaining a science degree, but that relatively few students end up graduating with a science degree. The substantial overoptimism about completing a degree in science can be attributed largely to students beginning school with misperceptions about their ability to perform well academically in science.
It appears that the rampant self-esteemism that infects America’s schools has produced students who cannot do college level work in any discipline where they will be subjected to objective evaluation. Better yet, their self-esteem has been inflated to the point where they do not even know how little they know.
Let's not forget, if you want to major in science you really have to do the work. Apparently, these students did not learn a work ethic in high school.
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