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How to stop grade inflation: make students take final exams

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Apr. 15 2014

External exit exams yield more objective marks and discourage grade inflation. More importantly, they also enhance student achievement.
students  Colleges_&_Universities  howto  grade_inflation  high_schools  standardized_testing 
april 2014 by jerryking
An intellectual with the gloves off
24 May 2003 | The Globe and Mail pg. F.3| by John Allemang.

Tellingly, the former World Bank economist didn't just parade these hard facts as essential truths, but contrasted them with the soft-centred nostalgia felt by academics with a more sentimental education. "There's a tendency on the part of Western intellectuals to idealize rural life, and poor rural life, in developing countries."....His model of a university, which sounds a lot like a roundtable gathering at the White House, is of "a tough-minded place where there's a tough-minded clash of ideas, from which better ideas emerge." It's not an institution for the faint-hearted, and you can see that much of his impatience with the people and ideas he's confronted at Harvard have as much to do with a perceived lack of intellectual rigour as with their positioning on the spectrum of truth.
Larry_Summers  Harvard  intellectually_rigorous  deanships  Colleges_&_Universities  grade_inflation  growth  economic_development  truth-telling  tough-mindedness  developing_countries 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Grade Game
May 13 2010 | The Atlantic | Mickey Edwards. The form of
government by which we in America determine our laws is that of a
participatory democracy, "participatory" being the operative word. It is
essential for our continued well-being -- our security and our
prosperity -- that our citizens be capable of serious thought. The
ability to engage in critical thinking is far more important than the
memorization of dates or the ability to remember which theorist goes
with which theory.
grade_inflation  teaching  Colleges_&_Universities  critical_thinking  engaged_citizenry  participatory 
may 2010 by jerryking
Grade Conflation -
DECEMBER 21, 2005 WSJ article by PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON on grade inflation at HBS
decision_making  organizational  HBS  Philip_Delves_Broughton  MBAs  grade_inflation 
february 2009 by jerryking

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