Ashland Theological Seminaryís narrative focused on the need for better writing and critical thinking skills among our students. This is a widespread problem throughout education, including theological education, today. The reasons for this problem are complex. Some students lack preparation at the undergraduate level both in writing and critical thinking skills. Many students coming to seminary donít have undergraduate degrees in religion or even in the humanities. Second-career students who have been out of school for many years may need refresher work in preparation for theological education. The well-known deficiencies in the American educational system likewise exacerbate this problem.
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