Grade Inflation Is An Age Old Myth Essay

996 Words Jul 21st, 2015 4 Pages
“Grades are given more leniently today than when I was in college.” Visit any major university today and you’re bound to hear a professor say something of the sort. Many professors claim that grade inflation has corrupted our colleges. Students are being rewarded highly for simply adequate work, they proclaim. The truth is grade inflation has never actually been proven; it is more of a theory than a fact. Ask for sources on the subject and you’ll find isolated studies that proudly report college grades rising over the past few decades, but is grade inflation the only explanation? In this paper I will attempt to prove that grade inflation is an age-old myth concerning a flawed system that fails to properly motivate and educate students.

Despite its recent popularity, grade inflation is no new phenomenon, according to Kohn’s The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation. Kohn claims “people were offering the same complaints more than a century ago.” (Kohn, 2002) As with most seasoned grievances, grade inflation is seemingly endorsed despite a lack of concrete evidence. Many of its endorsers assert that the dissimilation of SAT scores and college transcripts must mean that college students are receiving undeservingly high marks. This theory, as shown by Kohn, is fundamentally flawed. “It is difficult to argue that a standardized test taken in high school and grades for college course work are measuring the same thing,” he claims. (Kohn) The simple fact is that a steady increase in…

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