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Quality of Students

There is little doubt that the resurgence of grade inflation in the 1980s principally was caused by the emergence of a consumer-based culture in higher education. Students are paying more for a product every year, and increasingly they want and get the reward of a good grade for their purchase. Administrators and college leaders agree with these demands because the customer is always right. In this culture, professors are not only compelled to grade easier, but also to water down course content. Both intellectual rigor and grading standards have weakened. The evidence for this is not merely anecdotal. Students are highly disengaged from learning, are studying less than ever, and are less literate.
- GradeInflation.com, Grade Inflation at American Colleges and Universities, on Nov. 17, 2017


Face it, we're raising a generation of morons; large percentages of U.S. students need remedial training to go to college; U.S. student achievement on PISA tests is far down the list of OECD countries; NEAP test scores continue to decline among 4th and 8th graders, etc. Morons. Trouble is, these morons have been told they're "special" and "the smartest guys/gals in the room," (sound familiar?). So it was only a matter of time before the SAT folks had to dumb down the tests so our snowflakes could do better with diminished mental capacity. Hence, we're now trying to figure out if the "new" scores really are better than the "old" scores. Guess what? They're not, but the snowflakes sure do feel better about themselves, don't they? Are we stupid, or what?
- dogbert8, 5/12/2016 Comment on Nick Anderson, Why your new SAT score is not as strong as you think it is, May 11, 2016, Washington Post, on Nov. 17, 2017


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