Friday, December 16, 2005

More on Grade Inflation

Here's a lucid and heartbreaking article from Time about how it is that so many grades get inflated in universities and how the business model of education is, once again, killing actual education.

Favorite lines:
"The deception involved telling the students what they wanted to hear and praising them however much they foundered. At evaluation time, they would be pleased enough by their 'success' that they would return the praise. Teaching, in such a light, amounted to flattery. Submitting students to the rigors of learning seemed only to incur the wrath of many of them, which entered the record as my teacherly shortcoming."

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