There is no mistake about it; American Age and its writing staff have written about education and matters thereto more than any other subject since its inception. In addition we have written about and addressed the situation that we refer to as “Lowering the Bar of Acceptable Academic Standards” warning, perhaps even foretelling what is going to happen in education before it actually happens.
We at American Age believe, based on our most recent research, that it is the family unit as a whole that is creating much of the dysfunction in America’s public education system, meaning mostly parents with their children intentionally manipulating teachers, schools, and school boards.
And what is anything these days without an advocacy group, special interest group, or lobbyist? The following few paragraphs is yet another ridiculous manipulation of what is going on in today’s education system. Please meet Fairgrade, an alleged advocacy group run by parents and educators.
To the grade-grubbers go the spoils. And the grade-grubbers in this case are rabble-rousing parents in Virginia’s Fairfax County. Residents of the high-powered Washington suburb have been battling the district’s tough grading practices; chief among their complaints is that scoring a 93 gets recorded as a lowly B+. After forming an official protest group last year called Fairgrade and goading the school board into voting on whether to ease the standards, parents marshaled 10,000 signatures online and nearly 500 in-person supporters to help plead their case on Jan. 22. After two hours of debate, the resolution passed, a move critics consider a defeat in the war on grade inflation.
At most schools in the U.S., a 90 [will] earn you an A, but in Fairfax County, getting the goods demands a full 94. Merely passing is tougher, too, requiring a 64 rather than a 60. Nor do students get much help clearing those high bars if they take tougher courses. Compared to the kind of GPA “weighting” many districts give for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, Fairfax County’s half-point boost is peanuts. The upshot, protesters say, is that Fairfax kids are at a disadvantage on multiple fronts: snagging good-driver insurance discounts (which often factor in GPA), earning NCAA eligibility, winning merit scholarships, and – oh, yeah – getting into college.
I heartedly encourage every parent, every student, and fellow educators to read the remainder of this article. It can be found here: Virginia Parents Fight for Easier Grading Standards
Just a small post script…we are in the process of clarifying exactly who changed the initial grading standards in the first place.