simplicimus: This has been going on for a long time there.
hervatski: Maybe we're all just getting smarter?
MyRandomName: hervatski: Maybe we're all just getting smarter?According to standardized testing, nope.
DjangoStonereaver: Doesn't see a problem:[www.nndb.com image 243x307]Nor does he:[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x281]
Target Builder: If you have your pick of the most motivated, ambitious and academically gifted students from all over the world you should generally expect them to do well.
Frank N Stein: Or this guy:
netringer: Frank N Stein: Or this guy:[img.fark.net image 410x289]Sure, but if he really a good law student he would have made Law Review.
ZAZ: My rule when interviewing: C average, who cares. C cup, you're hired.But seriously, only the first is true. I'm not supposed to be sleeping with the recent college grad hires anyway.I don't care what your GPA is because every school is different. What have you studied, what have you learned, what projects have you done? Can you explain how something works? Do you seem like you'll get along with the team? Do you seem likely to learn how to rewrite a set of equations into conjunctive normal form without exponential growth of clauses?If you've had a real job before, I hardly even care about college.
Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: It's funny how much angst and handwringing go into something whose significance rapidly drops to zero the day after graduation.
firemanbuck: My daughter at the University of Chicago says their motto is "If I wanted an "A", I would have gone to Harvard."
travoltron: CSB: a good friend of mine is an assistant prof there. He was saying that if he gives out a B, for C or lower work (they are college students after all, just getting in means you can foot the tab at the end of the day, not that you're some sort of super genius, in most cases), he gets reamed out twice. By the student for being mean and the "but I always get A's" song is sung. Secondly by the faculty, because that student's family just installed a solid gold yacht house for the dean, and if their progeny isn't the cleverest SOB, then they'll just take that money and influence to Yale, or even Princeton./CSB// Seriously, college kids are the stupidest things on the face of the planet.
zimbomba63: firemanbuck: My daughter at the University of Chicago says their motto is "If I wanted an "A", I would have gone to Harvard."My step-daughter went there and she said the motto was, "University of Chicago, where fun goes to die".
HighZoolander: MyRandomName: hervatski: Maybe we're all just getting smarter?According to standardized testing, nope.Well clearly those standardized tests weren't administered by Harvard.
Tigger: HighZoolander: MyRandomName: hervatski: Maybe we're all just getting smarter?According to standardized testing, nope.Well clearly those standardized tests weren't administered by Harvard.People have been getting steadily smarter for a century. It's called the Flynn effect.
NetOwl: Unless enrollment is growing extremely quickly, we can expect the average student to be better and better with time, since the population is growing, so there are going to be more top students filling those spots in school.Perhaps this isn't as true at the top, though, since those schools already only take the best of the best (plus some token athletes).I don't have a problem with Harvard students getting slightly inflated grades. They face much tougher competition for their grades than State U. students face, and I suspect that nearly all of them would dominate the grade curve at a school ranked between 50 and 100. If they had the chance to go up against students at schools with even lower ranks, it would be a massacre.Put the students from the lower-tier schools into Harvard classes, where basic competence is assumed, and you'll see those student flunk out, quickly.
Enigmamf: I don't understand why people feel courses should be graded on a curve. If every student learned the material the instructor set out to teach, why should the instructor be forced to give some students failing grades?
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