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Central Washington University Professor Mathew Manweller raises a provcative point in the guest opinion published elsewhere on this page. Referring to a study of 14,000 college students across the nation, he notes that the average student graduates these days knowing only marginally more about U.S. history, government and economics than he or she knew as a freshman.
At some schools, in fact, students actually come away knowing less. The worst of the lot, he points out, is the University of California-Berkeley, where students graduated an appalling 7.3 percent less educated on these important subjects than they were when they arrived on campus.
Why is this important for Kitsap County specifically? No reason, really, except that with the appointment this month of Stephen Bauer to go along with Josh Brown, two of Kitsaps three county commissioners are now UC-Berkeley grads.
Just thought youd want to know.