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Too Much College

Robert1824 Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 5:19 PM
The problem with the SAT and GPA is that they do not necessarily show how good a student you are, or how much academic ability you have. Through my own experiences all the way from high school to graduate school, I learned that grading is not always fair and that it is often nothing but a crap shoot . Grade inflation exists, but it's a little-known fact that the opposite of this exists,too .
HarleyStar Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 7:43 PM
Not to be contentious, but how is the "opposite" of grade inflation related to the sad reality of morons getting college degrees that are worthless?
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 5:41 PM
Grades tend to be inflated by any number of forces. Achievement at one level correlates pretty well with achievement at the next; but achievement-test scores tend to be inflated by teaching the tests and dumbing down the tests. Extracurricular activities may not be especially predictive. Essays can be doctored or plagiarized. There's no single definitive score, and there's nothing that can take the place of a conscientious admissions officer who talks with an applicant to find out whether anyone's home, weighs a dozen different things, makes hard decisions, and loses sleep over them. But we've built entire industries to feed them numbers that let the gatekeepers shirk their duty.
In President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address, he said that "higher education can't be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." Such talk makes for political points, but there's no evidence that a college education is an economic imperative. A good part of our higher education problem, explaining its spiraling cost, is that a large percentage of students currently attending college are ill-equipped and incapable of doing real college work. They shouldn't be there wasting their own resources and those of their families and taxpayers. Let's look at...