“Easy ‘A'” Policies Reflect a Generally Decayed Education System

By Chuck Rogér

Would you enroll in a university program which practically guarantees a grade of “A” in most courses? Look no further. You might want to consider studying to be a teacher.

University of Missouri economics professor Cory Koedel has released a report showing that education school courses have generally low grading standards. “A” grades dominate many courses. In some classes, literally every student gets an A. Koedel finds that “a sizable fraction” of teachers “is trained in education departments where evaluation standards are astonishingly low.”

George Leef, director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, asks, “Why do the ed schools operate this way?” Leef reports that Koedel found that whereas a school that trains other professionals such as engineers “would rapidly destroy its reputation” by issuing all As,  “in the field of education, which is ‘notoriously ineffective at identifying high- and low-quality workers,’ there is no penalty for easy grading.”

Let’s expand.

Because teachers’ unions relentlessly resist teacher performance measurement as a criterion for pay as well as continued employment itself, there is no way to measure the horrific effects that poorly-educated teachers have on the kids.

Now let’s be clear. Koedel’s findings are not an indictment of all teachers. There are very fine teachers who graduate from both inflated-grading schools and also very fine schools. But there’s a saying: “What gets measured gets improved.” A corollary would be, that which doesn’t get measured is likely to be ignored.

4 Responses to ““Easy ‘A'” Policies Reflect a Generally Decayed Education System”

  1. yaakov haimovic says:

    This is not “Shooting yourself in the foot,” this is “Shooting yourself in the head.” Anybody there? We are in the 21st century, the century of science and advanced technologies. Incredible, the USA is commiting suicide.

    • Chuck Roger says:

      Yes, and from the evidence available, this has been going on and getting worse since the dys of John Dewey in the early part of the 20th century.

    • Marion Iori says:

      Yaakov Haimovic…..we all agree but what would you do? I know, vote them all out but correcting this mess is going to take a lot of time. Kids move on even uneducated. Our future is at risk. Do we rely on the home schooled or the private schools to furnish the leaders?

  2. Marion Iori says:

    I don’t know if the Catholic School system is included in any study. My children and my grandchildren all attended Catholic schools. We found in the 60’s that some of the Nuns were pushing the Liberal belief that we should be all inclusive–meaning attending or participating in other religions’ activities. All the parents in our parish agreed that we would not do that. They backed off but never stopped pushing. I think our teachers are on par with others but since they get lower pay and usually are members of the Church they don’t seem to be a problem. My grandkids admit that some of their teachers are not very good. But I remember my kids and myself thought the same thing. We must be vigiliant

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