Do universities and high schools care too much about what students and parents want and give students better grades than they deserve? The Economist takes a quick look at how it works at Ivy League universities:
The video speaks for itself. We have the same phenomena going on in Europe. Even at high schools. Isn’t it better to give students the grades they have earned? Is there a danger that education will lose impact and other qualities becoming more important for succeeding in business? Anna Tavis, head of talent and development at Brown Brothers Harriman is of that opinion.
When it comes to schools in Sweden they are supposed to compete with each other for the students. And, not suprisingly, they hence give students grades they do not deserve. Have heard stories of students who failed exams been given the highest grades because of preassure from parents and sometimes even from the headmaster of the school. And would you believe it it’s not only private schools that act like this but even public schools.
Do you believe that grades are being inflated to please everyone? Should the best students be disappointed because their grades don’t show how they stand out? Or are students actually getting smarter? So much so that the average grade at Harvard is an A? Do you believe this development is positive for society? Or is it just a way of making student select a university where they will get high grades? What impact will it have on employers? Will it lessen the importance of grades?
Video: The Economist – Picture: robertototmn