Ditto that. Lookin’ grim, but lookin’ up. Correcting for inflation, the academic way. Plus more.
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Violating “the spirit, if not the letter, of President Obama’s ambitious ethics requirements”?
You’re kidding, right? What ethics requirements?
Remember: Everything Barack Hussein Obama has said, says and will say has an expiration date. Everything.
And even though neo-Marxist Obama and his gang—not administration, gang—has begun their Sherman-like march through American culture, our Constitution and its freedoms, banking institutions and more with an intentional malice not seen in any incoming new administration, it doesn’t seem to bother most Americans that he’s already vying for, if not already won, the title of the most corrupt and anti-American politician to ever become America’s chief executive.
That’s because, at least in my opinion, he’s simply a collective
reflection of the amorality and lack of ethics of those,
including the advocacy/adversary media, Tinsel Town and Left
Coast, who elected him.
— C. Kenna Amos
Hypocrisy seems to be highly contagious; almost everyone who goes
to Washington catches a dose rather quickly. Strangely
though, it is the electorate that is sick and
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
NEW SCHOOL TIES
Re: Ken Blackwell’s Not Making the Grade:
Grade inflation damages a university and its students several ways, especially in the eyes of potential employers of a university’s students. When grades are inflated, businesses find it more difficult to identify superior and qualified students to fill positions. A student cannot distinguish herself/himself from her/his peers.
I proposed the following steps to reduce grade inflation to my
1. Identify and reward professors who do not inflate grades.
2. Eliminate the conflict of interest that rewards professors for grade inflation. With the status quo, professors who inflate grades are more likely to get high student evaluations and are more likely to be rewarded by admin.
3. Recognize that student evaluations are not pure numbers. A normalized number is a pure number.
4. To obtain a pure number for student evaluations of a professor, I recommend the following ratio: student evaluation / class average grade.
To clarify steps 3 and 4, the following examples may help: If the student evaluation of the professor is 4.4 and the class average grade is 2 (=C), then the pure evaluation of the professor becomes 2.2.
If the student evaluation is 4.4 and the class average grade is 4 (=A, inflated), then the pure evaluation of the professor becomes 1.1.
If the student evaluation is 3.6 and the class average grade is 4, then the pure evaluation of the professor becomes 0.9.
If the student evaluation is 3.6 and the class average grade is 2, then the pure evaluation of the professor becomes 1.8.
Thus a pure evaluation will motivate professors to assign truly earned grades rather than give inflated grades. From the admin viewpoint, a pure evaluation greater than one is desirable for a professor. To scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, pure (non-dimensional) numbers are much more useful and significant.
Employers would benefit from honest grades. Universities and
students would too. Although it would benefit all of society,
only a bold and creative administration would take the steps
necessary to stem grade inflation.
— Roy Henk, PhD, P.E.
Professor of Science and Engineering
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?