Academic excellence

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Academic excellence is a conservative goal of doing the best one can when in school, and afterwards. It views school not as a time to decline and decay, but to get the most of the expensive tuition and costs being paid..

Leading conservatives from Edmund Burke to Phyllis Schlafly to Donald Trump have been promoters of academic excellent, while rejecting the Worst College Majors and liberal agenda that dominate many American universities today.

Each major university tends to have at least one professor who supports conservative ideals along with academic excellence. At Harvard University it is Professor Harvey Mansfield, author of a book on manliness.

Key skills and factors for academic success

Key skills for academic success

Key factors for academic success

Christianity and academic excellence

Lifelong learning

See also: Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning means that learning is a process that occurs at all times and in all places. It should be a process of continuous learning that is directed towards not only providing the individual needs, but also that of the wider community."[1]

33% of high school graduates never read another book the rest of their lives and 42% of college grads never read another book after college.[2]

Lifelong learning as a prevention to income growth stalling

In the United States, most people's income growth stalls around 45 years of age because they have stopped learning new work skills and related knowledge.[3]

Academic performance and nutrition

See also: Academic performance and nutrition

As far as academic achievement in university and college students, results suggest that diet may be associated with academic achievement, with the majority of studies associating more favourable dietary intake with higher academic achievement.[4]

The conclusions section for the 2017 Swiss medical journal article Associations between Dietary Intake and Academic Achievement in College Students: A Systematic Review published in the medical journal Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland) states:

This review examines the current evidence base relating dietary intake and academic achievement in university and college students. Overall, results suggest that diet may be associated with academic achievement, with the majority of studies associating more favourable dietary intake with higher academic achievement. Therefore, health promotion practitioners in the university setting should consider the positive role diet may play in students’ academic achievement when developing initiatives to promote healthy eating to students. Furthermore, health promotion practitioners may utilise the findings from the review to advocate within the university setting for the need to better support students to improve their eating habits, due to the potential impact on their academic performance. However, a limited number of lower methodological quality studies were identified, and some significant limitations of the available evidence are highlighted. Further research to more accurately determine the impact of diet on academic achievement in university and college students is warranted. Future studies should consider the use of validated dietary assessment methods, comprehensive measurement of overall dietary intake, standardised assessment and reporting of academic outcomes, and appropriate adjustment of analyses for confounding factors.[5]

Wilder Research, a nonprofit research and evaluation group, notes: "Recent studies have demonstrated that nutrition affects students’ thinking skills, behavior, and health, all factors that impact academic performance. Research suggests that diets high in trans and saturated fats can negatively impact learning and memory, nutritional deficiencies early in life can affect the cognitive development of school-aged children, and access to nutrition improves students’ cognition, concentration, and energy levels."[6]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Data from the 2019 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher academic grades are more likely to engage in healthy dietary behaviors compared to students with lower grades."[7]

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  1. Lifelong Learning: What does it Mean?, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Volume 28, 2011, Pages 470-474
  2. Sobering Statistics About Readers Today
  3. How to Double Your Income, Valuetainment YouTube channel
  4. Healthcare (Basel). 2017 Dec; 5(4): 60.
  5. Healthcare (Basel). 2017 Dec; 5(4): 60.
  6. How does nutrition influence students’ academic performance?, Wilder Research
  7. Dietary Behaviors and Academic Grades, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)