Academically Adrift – Critical Thinking

Here is an illuminating quote from this firebrand of a book concerning students learning how to use their brains…critical thinking:

“students…majoring in traditional liberal-arts fields…demonstrated significantly higher gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills over time than students in other fields of study. Students majoring in business, education, social work , and communications had the lowest measurable gains”

Is it somewhat telling that these “applied” disciplines result in insignificant development of such skills?

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