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 “Grade Inflation” — and It’s Prevalent In All Schools

But is it a problem?

Unlike infinite economic inflation, grades top-out at A’s. So this means that an ever-growing pool of kids are racking up top scores.

On the surface, this may not seem like a terrible thing, but handing out A’s to kids who don’t truly deserve them isn’t doing them a favor — it’s doing them a disservice by not preparing them for the real world.

Kids need to stumble.
Kids need to fail.
Kids need to compete.
It’s the only way to grow.

Read about Grade Inflation at American Colleges and Universities

One Comment

  1. The Native American

    Thank you for sharing a very valuable piece of information when it comes to our schools and education. I looked at just about every single piece of released GPA averages from private to public institutions.

    The Vietnam and Consumer era inflationary periods were very interesting and how that changed policies with administrators specially in Princeton. Wouldn’t have thought Princeton, being prestigious and all, succumbed to grade inflation, ending it, and reverting back to please parents and students because of the big money and donations that are heavily needed and to keep everyone happy (and reduce stress/course rigor).

    CSU San Bernardino is sadly the equivalent of an extended community college and I know plenty of people who went there and it’s just different. UC Riverside is climbing up really quick in terms of reputation, but I wonder if consumer grade inflation had anything to do with it’s one of the fewer UC schools which are less selective? I think UCR’s generous financial aid packages are definitely attracting both types of students: Those with higher a gpa but limited aid to pay for costs and those with a lower gpa and costs nearly fully funded.

    I also blame colleges/universities for “inviting” general students to apply at their low acceptance schools only to count the data of rejected applications of students who clearly wouldn’t have been accepted in the first place. This behavior skews the acceptance numbers to become “lower” which means only the “best and “brightest” are accepted while charging more for tuition under the guise that a college with a low acceptance rate only accepts the “best”, and justifying the up charge.

    Let’s not forget that K-12 was also impacted by the No Child Left Behind which was replaced by the current Every Student Succeeds Act. It will be VERY interesting to see this data in the coming decades and how this will hit with colleges and universities. I will only speculate that giving an A will be the norm and B will be the new C really soon.

    Well, I hope employers know that their businesses, jobs, roles, and organizations will also take a hit. The best doctors and lawyers in the future? I am sure AI will solve for that (unfortunately).

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