Comments on: Grading agencies (This is an A+ post) http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/01/23/grading-agencies-this-is-an-a-post/ Models.Behaving.Badly Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:10:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: LA2.0 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/01/23/grading-agencies-this-is-an-a-post/#comment-260 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:35:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=677#comment-260 We do NOT need a new gold standard for grades. We need SKILL based jobs and this is best achieved through the old apprenticeship models. Instead of this common sense approach we force students into further misallocated education. Really, who cares if there is grade inflation? Lets inspire everyone to be the best they can. If they want to push themselves they are free work out how to derive a prime number sequence from Pi at home.

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By: ScottSolomon http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/01/23/grading-agencies-this-is-an-a-post/#comment-250 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:51:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=677#comment-250 In the Columbia Math Department, named tenured professors were less likely to succumb to grade inflation than assistant professors and grad students who were answerable to some extent to student evaluations. Herve Jacquet would have no problem giving everyone in the class a D if they deserved it, I promise you. LOL

But some even big name professors had a reputation for giving almost everyone an ‘A’. Part of that is maybe to signal they just really don’t care about anything other than their research, so here’s your ‘A’ and just leave me alone. OR, with the recent phenomenon of Wall Street bidding professors in Math and Statistics away from academia, maybe it’s to signal they’re not getting paid enough?

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By: runnerup http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/01/23/grading-agencies-this-is-an-a-post/#comment-249 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:20:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=677#comment-249 this phenomena that instructors are afraid of not passing out A’s lavishly because otherwise they will get poor ratings in the student evaluations and their career will be jeopardized is one of the most pernicious problems in the US education system.

academic administrators find themselves responsible to make their ‘clients’ (i.e. the students or their parents who pay for the tuition) happy, and compete with other institutes to give better grades to their students so they get an advantage in the job market, therefore better job placement for the class and so more applicants for a higher tuition next year.

as a side effect, a highschool teacher, a young faculty who hasn’t got his tenure yet or an adjunct faculty who would rather to be asked again next year to teach a course cannot do much except that compress grades towards A.

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