2011-09-09 09:46:29Source of some of the problem in US?


Anyone see this in latest Science: (Editor choice).

"Most students enter college aiming for a 4.0 GPA. Given that grading in American educational institutions is unregulated, how meaningful is a 4.0? Rojstaczer and Healy examined grade distributions from 200 American colleges and universities over the past 70 years. They report that movement away from the traditional bell-shaped grading curve began in the 1960s and 1970s in order to help students avoid the military draft. A continual rising of grades followed, without the accompaniment of increased student achievement. Graduation rates have remained largely static for decades, the literacy of graduates has declined, and college entrance exam scores of applicants have fallen. America's educational institutions have gradually created an illusion where excellence is widespread and failure is rare. In fact, “A” is now the most common grade. Efforts at grade regulation are controversial, but without grading oversight, either on a school-by-school or national basis, it is unlikely that meaningful grades will return to American education.

Teach. Coll. Rec. 114 (2012)."

2011-09-09 22:28:35Education is not the problem
John Cook

A survey of American attitudes found that as Democrat education increased, their concern about climate change also increased. Conversely, as Republican education increased, their concern about climate decreased. Education levels is not the issue here. The issue is ideology and the increasing association of climate change science with ideological views.