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Grade Inflation: Worse Than You Think

Thomas Lindsay wrote in the Austin-American Statesman recently about how grade inflation has exploded over the last fifty years. Shortly thereafter, the Statesman then published a fact-check blog post about his op-ed stating that, yes, grade inflation is every bit as bad as Lindsay claimed:

More than 4 in 10 college grades are A’s and that’s way up from 50 years ago, Thomas K. Lindsay of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation recently wrote.

In a Jan. 12, 2013, opinion column in the Austin American-Statesman, Lindsay prefaced his claim by saying students study less than they once did.

“Worse, grades during this period have, paradoxically, increased. Approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960,” Lindsay said.

Could this be the result of  a philosophy of education that emphasizes self-esteem over discipline and achievement?

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