1 May 2014 adminPS
If elected I intend to propose the following law:
Starting in the fall of 2015 all Michigan ninth graders and all public college freshmen—four year as well as two year must start receiving grades based on the following curve; 40% C’s, 20% B’s and D’S, and 10% A’s and F’s.
The last few decades have seen the inflation of grades to the point where some say c is the new f.
Grade inflation punishes the hard workers because it bunches grades.
High school impacts:
Grade inflation does not allow high schools to do one of its most important functions. That is to start pointing students on their best career paths. Not every job requires a college degree. In fact, recent studies are showing that 48% of college graduates are in jobs which do not require a college degree. Inflated high school grades keep almost all students on a college path. This results in several negative outcomes;
(1) It leads to more college degrees being granted than there is demand for college educations.
(2) Students who would be better off learning more marketable skills essentially waste those valuable years after high school.
(3) The huge supply of students has allowed colleges to use supply and demand to raise tuitions sky high.
(4) Many students end up with huge debts and only low paying jobs to try to pay them off. Total student debt has reached $1.2 trillion.
There is a strong contrast between Germany and the America. Germany does an excellent job of directing all students to marketable skills. Germany has the world’s strongest economy and is the world’s most productive manufacturer.
Many companies are asking for college graduates to supply SAT and ACT scores. This shows that employers do not trust college admissions or their grading systems.
Grade inflation is a national problem but because it is a national problem, it provides an opportunity for Michigan.
Curbing grade inflation at both the high school and college level will start Michigan on a path where all children are taught marketable skills and a state where employers trust that the education system is picking out the better performers. Foreign companies, in particular, are accustomed to education systems which use a sorting out process.
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