Wednesday, August 13, 2014


This is the best Orwell I've heard in a while: "grade quotas."

How so much writing about something (and policy making about it) can be done without addressing the basic question of raw and relative performance is remarkable. I'm beginning to think we should quit teaching everything except statistics.

"No matter how good your work, if you weren’t in the top 35 percent, you weren’t getting an A."

Call the UN. Or Dilbert. Eric Holder . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really can't understand what you're saying. Is it good or bad to have a curve that forces students into certain grades. Or is there some absolute standard that we can apply to all, and if that means everyone gets an A or everyone fails, we don't care.

As for grade inflation, all it does is make other adjust to what it means, discounting what used to be stellar grades.

3:38 AM, August 13, 2014  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

It's perfectly fine to have threshold performance levels, but it's idiotic to not understand what a curve is, i.e., standard deviation.

But the entire discussion exists only because we don't make that distinction. If Princeton wants to pretend that all its little darlings are so smart they all get A's, because every turd they drop is a work of art, Princeton is committing fraud and the administrators and board members should be jailed.

Do you follow Instapundit? He's continually writing about the collapse of higher ed. (Of course it's not just higher ed, but all ed, and government and private bureaucratic performance too.)

4:07 AM, August 13, 2014  
Anonymous A Different Anonymous said...

Well Instapundit is in itself evidence of the failure of modern education

9:27 AM, August 13, 2014  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

You're absolutely right. If they didn't fail so palpably, he would have no niche to fill.

2:34 PM, August 13, 2014  
Anonymous a.d.a. said...

Exactly. Its good that the internet can provide outlets for those people

7:54 AM, August 14, 2014  

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