Are students thinking about their thinking?

The findings were disturbing.

Millennials struggle to identify false content. Millennials understand critical thinking is important but they are not confident of their skills in this area. The lack of critical thinking skills in millennials may also contribute to the spread of false information through social media.

These were the results of an online survey of 1002 young adults aged 19-30 – both current college students and recent graduates. The survey was commissioned by MindEdge (an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT educators).

The 2010 Noel-Levitz Employer Satisfaction Survey of over 900 employers identified critical thinking to be the second largest negative gap between performance and expectation. Four years later, a follow up study by Association of American Colleges and Universities found little progress. Employers gave students low grades in critical thinking, and students judged themselves to be better prepared for post-college success than did the employers.

In 2016 professional services firms PayScale and Future Workplace surveyed 76,000 managers and executives and found that 60 percent of employers believe college graduates lack critical thinking skills.