The ‘Other’ College Scandal.

Effiin A, and A, and A

From Forbes, by Tom Lindsay, March 30, 2019: “Consider these facts: A 50-plus-year nationwide study of the history of college grading finds that, in the early 1960s, an A grade was awarded in colleges nationwide 15 percent of the time. But today, an A is the most common grade given in college; the percentage of A grades has tripled, to 45 percent nationwide. Seventy-five percent of all grades awarded now are either A’s and B’s. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in 2013 that “66 percent of employers screen candidates by grade point average (GPA).” The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation also has studied college grading. The Foundation confirms the alarming findings recited above. It found that in 1969, only 7 percent of students at two- and four-year colleges reported that their grade point average was A-minus or higher. Yet in 2009, 41 percent of students reported as same. During the same period, the percentage of C grades given dropped from 25 to five percent.”

So, I guess students have gotten smarter, more articulate? What phenomena of modern life wrought such a miracle? Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Snapchat? Or maybe something else is going on. The other recent college scandal was the kids of very wealthy parents getting into colleges that they weren’t qualified for, or would not have been selected for on the basis of actual achievements. If you haven’t been hiding under the proverbial rock, or not off the grid, preparing for the end of the world 12 years hence, you have read about the celebrity college scandal and tut tutted in all the right places, except one.

When I say some students would not have been selected on the basis of their achievements, that is not to imply that any of the colleges—Ivy League schools, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA, etc—were worth applying to. The Forbes article goes on to say that the Ivy League colleges are the worst offenders in grade inflation. Well, if that doesn’t answer your searching question, “how the heck do these unqualified kids graduate?”……it does kind of answer that question. Even in a community college the standards have eroded. My 24 year old daughter graduated from University of Idaho, and is taking some courses at Spokane Community College to satisfy nursing school requirements. She is studious, much more than I was. She does the work. Imagine her dismay when, after studying many hours for an exam, she gets to class to find that the teacher is having groups of four students take the test as a group instead of individuals. Three others copied her answers, admitting they didn’t study, after discussing each question. They got a group grade. When she met with the teacher and asked his rationale for the group test, his answer was quite revealing. “If I had everyone test individually, you might be the only one to get an A” (implying he would look bad).

These days, integrity seems to be measured by glibness. That daughter of the hedge fund manager—Isabelle Hernandez her name is—that got into Georgetown and participated knowingly in her parents’ end run around the requirements, said later, on her resume, that she has a “great moral compass.” Sorry Izzy, your needle is bent. As I said, glib integrity.

Speaking of glib integrity, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) “Adam Schiff is a patriot,” the Democratic congressman declared. “He has more integrity in his little finger than [Donald Trump] or any of the Republicans in Congress today will have in their lifetimes.”

Integrity? How about the following item from The Daily Wire:

“Welcoming fellow combat veterans Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Jim Baird (R-IN) to the House floor,” posted Florida lawmaker and combat veteran Brian Mast. “5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a Republican and former Navy SEAL, highlighted the absurdity of the message on Friday morning. “So, Wow. In my whole lifetime, huh?” Crenshaw mocked. After losing his eye, Crenshaw served two additional deployments. The veteran has earned two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, among many other awards. In January, the freshman congressman took a photo alongside two other Republican representatives who also suffered injuries while fighting for our country. Mast, who served in the U.S. Army for over 12 years, lost both his legs while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 as a bomb disposal expert. “The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs,” said Mast, according to his website. The combat vet has earned multiple awards for his service, including a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart. Baird, a Republican representative for Indiana, was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War from 1970-71. The Purple Heart recipient tragically lost an arm during his tenure.

Words are cheap Cicilline. Maybe you should borrow Isabelle’s moral compass!

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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