Hmmmm….not hard enough for them, is it? Easily resolved then. I think students know something is wrong, but they are grabbing the wrong end of the stick. Perhaps that is a bit cryptic, but there is plenty of “blame” to go around if you want to play that game. I would rather point out that the system is broken and no amount of tinkering with it is going to make it better. You can’t “prepare” people unless you’re a cannibal. Schools are not humane and students know that. I need to see the questions that were asked and the sample of students before I can say more. I read the NYT regularly for the first time in my life last year as part of a freebie program at my university. I really wasn’t that impressed except for some notable exceptions on the editorial page. In fact I thought the reason Judith Miller was arrested was because of her horrific writing, not protecting “sources”.