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  • UW-Madison policy calls on professors to distribute grades based on race

    07/21/2014 9:48:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 69 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | on July 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM EDT | Katherine Timpf
    Political correctness has now reached an entirely new stratosphere: The University of Wisconsin-Madison believes grades should be apportioned based on race: Campus Reform reports: The policy, named the “Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence,” calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high-status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.” Huh? UWM professor W. Lee Hansen wrote about his concerns with the ridiculous politically correct policy late last week: “Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically...
  • Parents Like Private Schools

    02/11/2014 11:57:47 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 10, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently published an analysis entitled, “More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools.” The study took a look at the Georgia GOAL scholarship system, in which parents would get money from the state (i.e., a school voucher) in order to send their children to private schools. The GOAL’s oversight entity, the Georgia Education Expense Credit Program, is structured in a way to give tax credits for contributing to a “qualified Student Scholarship Organization (SSO).” An individual can receive a tax credit for contributing up to $1,000, a married couple...
  • Custom Writing Service Says Students 'No Longer Have to Face the Burden of Academic Coursework'

    01/20/2014 10:22:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 94 replies
    CNS ^ | 1-20-14 | Susan Jones
    A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don't have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year. The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework." It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American...
  • ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

    07/10/2013 1:46:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2013 | SHIRLEY S. WANG
    Studies of Children With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Find Little Change It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes. Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called "cognitive enhancers" because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term. Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to...
  • Public university unfairly raising grades of black students, say three former faculty members

    07/01/2013 6:13:16 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 7/1/2013
    School administrators at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) are systematically raising the final grades of African-American students, three ex-faculty members told Campus Reform last month. Former Director of Academic Technology Shira Hedgepeth, along with two former professors who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity, alleged administrators at the historically black college routinely increase the final grades of African-American students in order to raise the school’s standing. “Some students had their final grades changed based on their race,” Hedgepeth told Campus Reform on June 6. “That was a common complaint of many of the faculty that I worked with.”...
  • Why “align” is malign

    05/17/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies ^ | April 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Once upon a time, a teacher would teach American History. On exams, students would be asked questions about American history. Testing was straightforward and needed little discussion. In the modern era, however, content is disparaged and facts are scorned. The goal, seemingly, is to keep kids busy but to teach as little as possible. The big problem is, how do you design exams when the teacher hasn’t taught much, the kids don’t know much, and there is little actual knowledge that the school intends the children to retain? In this fact-free world, what would a valid examination look like? At...
  • California science proficiency has plummeted with immigration (Calif. students rank 47th in science)

    05/13/2012 7:23:05 AM PDT · by SteelToe · 16 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 10, 2012 | Fermin Leal
    About 22 percent of California's eighth-graders tested on a national science test passed, ranking the Golden State among the worst in the nation, according to figures released Thursday. Scores from the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, show that too few students have the skills that could lead to careers in the field, educators said. Nationally, 31 percent of eighth-graders tested scored proficient or advanced. Both the national and state scores improved slightly over scores from two years ago, the last time the test was administered. The state ranked 47th, only above Mississippi,...
  • Students Sign Petition To 'Redistribute' GPAs

    04/24/2012 8:20:27 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 15 replies ^ | o4/24/12 | 50sDad
    "Apparently, many students don't like the idea of redistribution - but, only when it applies to their grades. Redistribution of their GPAs (grade point averages) to poorer students, they say, is unfair. But, those with lower grades don’t seem to mind benefiting from the hard work of their “greedy” high-achieving classmates."
  • Report: Charlotte teacher sold grades to pay debts

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County School District released a copy of its investigation into Charlotte High School math teacher Jeff Spires. The report details statements from students and Spires, who confess to taking part in grade-changing for money. According to the documents, an eleventh-grade student first brought forward allegations that Spires was selling grades on October 14. In the investigator's report, he says that student told the school's principal Barney Duffy he had bought several favorable grades on quizzes. The district released some of the student's exams. One one of them the student wrote "I paid coach $40.00 cash...
  • Nine Presidential Candidates Who Weren't Great Students in College

    09/22/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 09/22/2011 | Ethan Trex
    The Huffington Post recently released a copy of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s college transcript from Texas A&M. The academic picture wasn’t pretty. Perry struggled in some familiar classes (an F in organic chemistry, a D in economics) and some bizarre ones (a C in gym, a D in something the transcript labeled only as “Meats”). Are Perry’s low college marks all that astonishing for a high-profile politician? Apparently not. Let’s take a look at a few other big names who didn’t light the academic world on fire. 1. Al Gore Gore’s the brainiest politician around, right? Possibly, but you...
  • The Affirmative Action President

    08/30/2011 1:36:59 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-30-11 | DrJohn
    Enough. I have had enough. The knuckles are bared. Yesterday Politico ran an article Is Rick Perry dumb?We have witnessed the media assault Republican candidates viciously and repeatedly. Politico has declared war on Sarah Palin. Politico, the journolistas who would never question Barack Obama's brain creds have no qualms about opening speculating about Rick Perry's intelligence. Enough. Now we know why the media struggles so mightily to demean opposing candidates. Barack Obama is the product of affirmative action. A year ago Jack Cashill wrote the article How Obama Got Into HarvardIn it, Cashill Barack Obama's sponsor into higher education. In...
  • College Students in Favor of Wealth Distribution Are Asked to Pass Their Grade Points...

    08/24/2011 10:30:36 AM PDT · by 5thGenTexan · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/17/2011 |
    Full Title: College Students in Favor of Wealth Distribution Are Asked to Pass Their Grade Points to Other Students A California college student is conducting a social experiment where he’s trying to get his peers to sign a petition in favor of distributing grade point averages to show how the federal government distributes wealth.
  • Grade Tampering Allegations Rise In New York City Schools (cheating teachers score bonus loot)

    08/24/2011 10:29:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 8/23/11
    Grade Tampering Allegations Rise In New York City SchoolsAugust 23, 2011 12:10 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City’s special investigation commissioner says allegations of grade changing and test tampering by city teachers and school administrators have more than tripled since 2003. The commissioner, Richard Condon, attributed the rise to the higher stakes attributed to standardized tests and to the increase in the number of schools to 1,700 from 1,200 in 2002. “For a number of years you had bonuses being paid to schools that did better and that is one possible reason why there was an increase,” Condon...
  • College transcripts are a terrible measure in politics

    08/08/2011 6:50:13 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 29 replies
    The Battalion ^ | 08-08-11 | Taylor Wolken
    The release of Governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry's Texas A&M transcript set off a media frenzy this weekend as commentators and columnists feasted on the underwhelming scores.While releases like this make for fun facts and cute analysis it should be asked, "Why should we care?" College scores can be a great indicator of skill right out of college. They're helpful for getting into graduate school and ascending the ivory tower, and they indicate a student's proficiency in each subject. When evaluating a 61-year-old potential presidential candidate low grades are both meaningless and not uncommon. George W. Bush joked...
  • U.S. students score poorly on Nation's Report Card

    01/25/2011 11:31:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies ^ | 1/25/11 | Jill Tucker
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Just one in 100 schoolchildren across the United States excels at advanced levels of science while less than a third of elementary and high school students reach grade-level proficiency in the subject, according to the Nation's Report Card released today. The report found that California students fared worse than the national average, with fourth graders, for example, lagging behind 43 states in science and in a dead heat for last with three others, Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi. Four states did not participate in the voluntary testing, administered in 2009 by the National Assessment Governing Board. The National...
  • Introducing -- presidential hopefuls' immigration grades

    01/18/2011 6:02:34 PM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 18, 2011 | Roy Beck
    INTRODUCING: Immigration Grades For 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Here they are -- brand new: WHO GETS THE BEST GRADE? It is difficult to label any of the Hopefuls as "best" when the highest grade for the whole lot is "C." Click here to see who gets that mediocre grade, and the seven who do even worse. The choices are pretty bad thus far. Of the 8 Hopefuls, we give: • an F-minus to one • a D-minus to four • a C-minus to two • a C to one • better than C to nobody STANCES ON 12 IMMIGRATION ISSUES...
  • BREAKING: Obama got all C’s and D’s in college and law school

    12/03/2010 5:14:08 AM PST · by econjack · 128 replies · 1+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | October 10, 2010 | hillbuzz
    <p>Obama was a C or D student in college who was passed and promoted aggressively because he was a smiling, biracial, man with a weird name who more likely than not played up on his Muslim upbringing in Indonesia in all of his college admissions essays and other course work. That’s the sort of thing Columbia and Harvard JUST LOVE…so we can’t imagine he ever hid any of that. It’s what made him interesting to the academic elite…this little brown boy raised in the jungles of the Pacific, mentored by Frank Marshall, with that Kenyan last name.</p>
  • BREAKING: Řbama got all C’s and D’s in college and law school

    12/02/2010 3:44:07 PM PST · by curth · 94 replies · 1+ views
    Hillbuzz ^ | 12/2 | Hillbuzz
    Here’s a piece from Jennifer Rubin calling Obama out on the ignoramus that he is. Rubin hits hard with: He displays contempt for Americans who don’t agree with his flawed policies, in effect instructing them to shut up. But his arrogance is both unwise (these people vote!) and undeserved. Had he not spent trillions on a flawed Keynesian economics, had he not botched the Middle East peace talks, had he not misread the mullahs, had he not mistaken appeasement for “reset” with Russia, and had he not hired ill-prepared senior advisers (who now must be cast off), his self-satisfaction might...
  • The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read

    10/12/2010 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1+ views
    It is news to no one that our educational system sucks. American students are consistently out-performed by students in other countries year after year. Why? Liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, “compassionate” conservatives (i.e., neocons, RINOs, liberal Republicans) , teacher unions, and other leftist groups would like you to believe that it is some combination of bad schools, teachers, and financing. The solution, as they see it, is to engage in a game of Three Card Monty where students are shuffled from schools that are “failing” them, to schools that will allow them to “succeed” –as though success is a magical elixir...
  • March 19, 2000: Gore's Grades Belie Image of Studiousness

    06/01/2010 5:02:52 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 32 replies · 707+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2000 | By David Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima
    <p>From his lower school years at St. Albans to his incomplete effort at Vanderbilt law school, Gore was often an underachiever...</p>
  • Humility Personified: Obama Grades Himself B+ or A-; Compares Himself to Franklin Roosevelt - Video

    12/14/2009 8:09:45 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies · 660+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 14, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of President Obama being asked by Oprah to grade his first year performance as President. Most people would have just responded with, "I'll let the American people do the grading." But Obama instead gave himself a "Solid B+," and if he gets Health Care passed by year's end, he would give himself an "A-." Just to add to Obama as humility personified, he compares himself to Franklin Roosevelt in his response! As for the American people, they are not as impressed with Obama as he is with himself.(VIDEO)
  • District nixes cash-for-grades fundraiser

    11/11/2009 3:34:02 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 3 replies · 256+ views
    News & Observer ^ | 11/11/2009 | Lynn Bonner
    Selling candy didn't raise much money last year, so a Goldsboro middle school tried selling grades.
  • B.C. university introduces grade worse than F

    08/12/2009 6:39:20 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies · 1,568+ views
    CTV ^ | August 12, 2009 | Darcy Wintonyk
    It used to be that the worst grade you could receive in school was an F, and that was bad enough. But B.C.'s Simon Fraser University is taking punishment to a whole new level, introducing a grade of FD -- meaning failure with dishonesty -- the worst possible grade a student can receive. Dr. Rob Gordon, director of criminology at SFU and acting chair of the senate committee on academic integrity, says the new grading is intended to curtail cheating using the internet. "What used to be a lot of cheating in libraries has changed quite significantly," he told
  • Senioritis Cured

    05/21/2009 10:37:51 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 318+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 21, 2009 | Deborah Lambert
    Senioritis Cured by: Deborah Lambert, May 21, 2009 Senioritis is that time-honored “disease” that affects graduating seniors during the last half of their senior year. However, it might just be in remission, according to USA Today, which reports that “skipping classes, missing tests, attending parties instead of athletic practice and generally slacking off at the end of the last year of high school,” might not be a winning option this year. Here’s why. Since colleges are swamped with a record number of applications from the largest graduating classes in history, they have decided to over-enroll their freshman classes....
  • Freep a Poll! (AOL. thumbs up, thumbs down on stem cell decision. Grade the messiah, too)

    03/09/2009 10:38:20 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 570+ views ^ | 3-9-09 | AOL
    What do you think of Obama's decision to reverse Bush's policies on embryonic stem cell research? Thumbs up Thumbs down And: How would you rate Obama's first few months in office? Excellent Good Fair Poor
  • Freep a Poll! (Grade o-bozo again. MSNBC this time)

    03/08/2009 4:21:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 43 replies · 1,317+ views ^ | 3-7-09 | MSNBC
    If you were grading Barack Obama on his performance as president, what would he get? A B C D F
  • Should Students Be Paid for Good Grades?

    01/16/2009 4:42:53 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 57 replies · 1,132+ views ^ | 01/14/09 | Laura Fitzpatrick
    Back in the day, a good report card earned you a parental pat on the back, but now it could be money in your pocket. Experiments with cash incentives for students have been catching on in public-school districts across the country, and so has the debate over whether they are a brilliant tool for hard-to-motivate students or bribery that will destroy any chance of fostering a love of learning. Either way, a rigorous new study — one of relatively few on such pay-for-performance programs — found that the programs get results: cash incentives help low-income students stay in school and...
  • One Report Card - Hold the "F"

    12/07/2008 1:19:32 PM PST · by history_48 · 9 replies · 568+ views
    Conservatives With Attitude! ^ | December 6, 2008 | Gina L. Diorio
    by Gina L. DiorioHigh school students in Grand Rapids, Michigan will soon have a new grade category on their report cards. Beginning this trimester, the school district is adding “H” to the traditional “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D.” If you’re thinking “F” is missing from this list, well, you’re right. But that’s only because it’s also missing from the report cards. Yes, in a purported effort to boost student achievement and lower dropout rates, school officials have decided to forego failing marks in favor of less dispiriting “helds.” As the Grand Rapids Press explains: Students will have the option of...
  • Wayne Allyn Root's Million-Dollar Challenge (He wants Obama to release his grades)

    09/05/2008 7:35:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 978+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 5, 2008 | Matt Welch
    Last week, just before Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) big speech, Tim Cavanaugh and I attended a small fundraiser for Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root. The chatty Vegas sports bettor, memorably profiled by David Weigel two months back, was in a mind to talk about a fellow classmate of his at Columbia University back in the early 1980s, a guy by the name of Barack Obama. Root is no fan of the Democratic nominee: "A vote for Obama is four years of Karl Marx, and no one should be happy about that," he told us and a few...
  • Why do Asian students generally get higher marks than Latinos?

    07/17/2008 4:52:08 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 53 replies · 164+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2008 | Hector Becerra
    The eight students walked into a room at Lincoln High School prepared to discuss an issue many people, including some of their teachers, considered taboo. They were blunt. Carlos Garcia, 17, an A student with a knack for math, said, "My friends, most of them say, 'You're more Asian than Hispanic.' " "I think Carlos is Asian at heart," said Julie Loc, 17, causing Carlos to laugh good-naturedly. Asian students who get middling grades often get another response, she said. "They say, 'Are you really Asian?' " Julie said. "It's sad but true," said Eliseo Garcia, a 17-year-old with long...
  • Grading Disparities Peeve Parents

    12/26/2007 8:55:17 PM PST · by Amelia · 105 replies · 149+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 27, 2007 | Jay Mathews
    ...To earn an A in Fairfax, it takes a score of 94 to 100. In Montgomery, it takes a score of 90 or higher. Standards for grading in the two counties, including bonus point calculations, are so out of sync that it appears possible for a Fairfax student to earn a 3.5 grade-point average for the same work that gets a Montgomery student a 4.6 GPA. Parents nationwide are increasingly frustrated with wild variations in grading systems that, they say, are costing their children thousands of dollars in merit-based scholarships and leaving them disadvantaged in college admissions. [snip] While suburban...
  • UA professors fight grade inflation

    04/25/2007 4:38:21 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Crimson White ^ | April 25, 2007 | Michelle Tanner
    As tempting as it is to take widely known "easy" classes to keep GPAs up, all those A's may actually not be good for future career opportunities. In fact, anthropology professor Charles Nuckolls calls it "an epidemic." Nuckolls was recently appointed to the State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a committee that history professor David Beito has been selected to chair. The purpose of the committee, according to a recent UA press release, is to study and collect information relating to discrimination or a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because...
  • Jury awards $1.4M to teacher who refused to change Fs & Ds

    03/30/2007 6:58:25 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 152 replies · 696+ views ^ | 03/30/07 | katc
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- The West Feliciana Parish school system must pay more than $1.4 million to an English teacher who was suspended and demoted after refusing to change the Ds and Fs she gave to 70 percent of her students, a federal jury has found. The jury of four men and five women deliberated almost four hours before finding that the school board, superintendent and the principal at West Feliciana High School had harassed Paula Payne, violated her First Amendment rights and retaliated against her. "This is civics in action," Superintendent Lloyd Lindsey said. "The jury has spoken." He...
  • Seeking straight A's, parents push for pills

    09/08/2006 8:13:36 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 18 replies · 520+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10:16 a.m. CT Sept 7, 2006 | Victoria Clayton
    A 15-year-old girl and her parents recently came in for a chat with Dr. James Perrin, a Boston pediatrician, because they were concerned about the girl's grades. Previously an A student, she was slipping to B's, and the family was convinced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was at fault — and that a prescription for Ritalin would boost her brainpower. After examining the girl, Perrin determined she didn't have ADHD. The parents, who had come in demanding a prescription, left empty-handed. Perrin, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other physicians...
  • For Once, Blame the Student

    03/08/2006 9:01:48 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 77 replies · 1,762+ views
    USA Today ^ | 3/8/2006 | Patrick Welsh
    <p>Failure in the classroom is often tied to lack offunding, poor teachersor other ills. Here's athought: Maybe it's thefailed work ethic of todays kids. That's what I'm seeing in my school. Until reformers see this reality, little will change.</p> <p>Last month, as I averaged the second-quarter grades for my senior English classes at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., the same familiar pattern leapt out at me.</p>
  • CA: Governor gets mixed grades

    02/27/2006 9:01:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/27/06 | Steve Geissinger
    SAN JOSE — Republicans concluded their state convention Sunday with mixed grades for GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — remaining neutral on his infrastructure push even as he promoted the public works plan on national television. General assembly delegates tabled support of his $222 billion, 10-year proposal to upgrade everything from roads to levees with $68 billion in voter-approved bonds and other funding mechanisms, over concerns about state debt. Meanwhile, on "Meet the Press," the governor said that "those people that are criticizing my infrastructure deal and my strategic growth plan are people that are a little bit confused about the...
  • High IQ: Not as good for you as you thought

    02/04/2006 8:31:46 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 489 replies · 7,665+ views
    Cognitive Daily ^ | December 14, 2005 | Dave Munger
    IQ has been the subject of hundreds, if not thousands of research studies. Scholars have studied the link between IQ and race, gender, socioeconomic status, even music. Discussions about the relationship between IQ and race and the heritability of IQ (perhaps most notably Steven Jay Gould’s Mismeasure of Man) often rise to a fever pitch. Yet for all the interest in the study of IQ, there has been comparatively little research on other influences on performance in school. Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman estimate that for every ten articles on intelligence and academic achievement, there has been fewer than one...
  • Weak Grades for Ward Churchill

    08/05/2005 7:24:16 AM PDT · by AnnoyingTheLeft · 21 replies · 1,597+ views
    Human Events ^ | Auguest 5 | Christopher Flickinger
    America’s favorite professor is taking a disappointing report card back to his tepee. Ward “I really am an Indian” Churchill, who teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a disturbing message from students concerning his performance during the spring 2005 semester. According to student evaluations made available to the public, Professor Churchill’s most recent grades are anything but great.
  • Sorry Liberals: Being Arrogant Does Not Make You Right - (HA! ... yes siree!)

    06/12/2005 5:42:02 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,208+ views
    Back during the Presidential Election, Kerry enthusiasts were constantly gushing over the perceived intelligence of John Kerry. If it was not praises toward his “nuanced” approaches of how to creatively surrender to the United Nations and international terrorists then it was how all of his aides had to run around carrying dictionaries just so they could understand his “big words.” Well, the truth is out. Eight months after everyone quit caring about John Kerry’s records, he has finally released them to “The Boston Globe.” Chance of chances, these records show that Senator Kerry was a “C” student with a virtually...
  • Transcript shows Kerry's Yale grades similar to Bush

    06/07/2005 3:15:28 AM PDT · by tlb · 62 replies · 2,311+ views ^ | June 7, 2005 | AP
    BOSTON --Sen. John F. Kerry's academic performance at Yale University was virtually identical to President George W. Bush's academic record, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as being more intellectual than his Republican rival, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday. The Globe, which obtained Kerry's transcript from his U.S. Navy officer training school application after Kerry gave permission for its release, said Kerry had a cumulative grade average of 76 for his four years at Yale and received four Ds his freshman year. In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript showing Bush had a cumulative grade average of 77 his first...
  • Parents Fund Kids' Cheating Habits

    05/27/2005 1:38:30 AM PDT · by bd476 · 13 replies · 586+ views
    CBS ^ | May 26, 2005
    When Nicole Kristal couldn't make a living making music in Hollywood, she tried her hand at an older profession. Well, sort of. "I was an academic prostitute," she says. "That's harsh, not really. "I mean, I sold my mind for money." As CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts reports, Kristal's "clients" paid her to cheat. At $40-an-hour, she wrote college admission essays for high school students and term papers for college seniors. One kid, she says, would've failed his class without her help. "He flunked all the tests," says Kristal. And where did these kids get the money to pay her?...
  • Should report cards list kids' girth and grades?

    02/17/2005 5:45:26 AM PST · by Engine82 · 45 replies · 1,481+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 02/17/05 | NANCY BADERTSCHER
    Kids could have another reason to fear getting an "F" on their report card — especially if F also stands for fat. Georgia lawmakers concerned about childhood obesity are proposing legislation that would require schools to list students' body mass index — a measure of whether they're overweight — on their report cards. The intent is to "wake up parents who may not be aware their children are obese or heading that way," said state Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta), one of the bill's co-sponsors. Students' weight problems are "showing up in their grades, their ability to stay awake, their ability...
  • APS Ditching Grading System; District Restructuring Scores (Albuquerque NM schools)

    12/16/2004 10:40:22 AM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies · 1,601+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 15, 2004 | Russell Contreras
    Good news: In the near future, no Albuquerque elementary or middle school student will get an "F" on a report card. Bad news: No elementary or middle school student will get an "A," either. That's because Albuquerque elementary and middle schools are throwing out the old familiar grades. Albuquerque Public Schools is following a growing trend of scrapping traditional grading systems for one that measures No Child Left Behind Act proficiency levels. Within a few years, A's, B's, C's, D's, and F's will be history on Albuquerque elementary and middle school report cards. In their place will be a new...
  • Students grade teachers online, and some are riled

    09/28/2004 7:13:03 AM PDT · by ratemy · 13 replies · 899+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/28/2004 | Randy Dotinga
    An online service riles some - but others say it's only fair to turn tables. By Randy Dotinga | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor When Eric Piotrowski wonders what his high school English students think of him, he simply logs on to, where millions of anonymous teacher critiques await anyone with an unrestricted Internet connection. At the site, a smiley-faced icon with sunglasses sits next to Mr. Piotrowski's name, indicating he's especially popular. Eighteen students gave Piotrowski an average rating of 4.1 out of 5, with one saying he's "one of the coolest teachers I've ever had." Piotrowski...
  • Who Had Better Grades? Bush or Kerry?

    08/16/2004 8:30:12 PM PDT · by Thickman · 6 replies · 1,136+ views
    Freeper Question
    I think I heard Michael Medved mention that George W. Bush had better grades in college than John Kerry. Verification of this and proof would help me win an argument with and arogant liberal. Any information?
  • I care about school. Does that make me an Oreo?

    08/08/2004 3:05:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies · 2,027+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | August 7, 2004 | KRISTINA BROADIE
    Apparently I am an Oreo. According to the past few generations' terminology, an Oreo is not a cookie made by Nabisco but a person who is black on the outside and white on the inside. Now, I admit that I could switch places with any member of *NSync, a late-'90s boy band, and perform a concert, and the fans wouldn't notice. But that doesn't make me an Oreo. And, if *NSync's fan base is mostly white, that doesn't mean I'm not black anymore. I'll be black forever. The words black and white don't just mean color anymore. They describe actions,...

    08/04/2004 7:07:54 PM PDT · by hc87 · 23 replies · 939+ views
    Soxblog ^ | 08/04/04 | James Frederick Dwight
    From the 8/4/04 edition of Soxblog: "Something’s been bothering me about John Kerry. I just don’t think he’s that smart. One of the axiomatic dynamics of this presidential race has been that Bush is a dolt while Kerry is highly intelligent. But if Kerry is so bright, where has he been hiding his allegedly fearsome intellect? Does “I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it” sound like the workings of a brilliant mind? And yet the Adam Nagourneys of the world continue to insist that Kerry is remarkably “complex” with an uncanny sense for nuance. But I’ve...
  • [Indiana] gives 'F' to current report cards - [A's and F's to be replaced]

    07/28/2003 5:44:13 AM PDT · by Teacher317 · 37 replies · 412+ views
    <p>MARION, Ind. -- State education officials are urging Indiana's schools to adopt detailed new report cards that track student performance with numbers, not the familiar letter grades.</p> <p>Instead of a letter grade for each subject, a student's progress is charted on a numerical scale from 1 to 3 in different areas of each subject.</p>
  • 'There's something that's not quite right' (OSU Football)

    07/21/2003 6:48:11 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 72 replies · 337+ views
    Associated Press / ^ | July 21, 2003 | Associated Press
    'There's something that's not quite right' Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The former teaching assistant who has made allegations of possible academic fraud among Ohio State football players says she did so in hopes the program would be investigated.Norma McGill says that she, in her words, "just knew there's something that's not quite right" with the Ohio State program.McGill told The Columbus Dispatch in a story the newspaper published today that she was an unnamed source referred to in a New York Times last Sunday.The story reported that running back Maurice Clarett received assistance from a professor who allowed...
  • Where All Grades Are Above Average

    01/28/2003 5:01:08 AM PST · by Archangelsk · 51 replies · 305+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 012803 | Stuart Rojstaczer
    Where All Grades Are Above Average By Stuart Rojstaczer Tuesday, January 28, 2003; Page A21 I recently handed in my grades for an undergraduate course I teach at Duke University. They were a very limited assortment: A, A-minus, B-plus, B and B-minus. There were no C's of any flavor and certainly no D's or F's. It was a good class, but even when classes aren't very good, I just drop down slightly, to grades that range from A-minus to B-minus. The last time I gave a C was more than two years ago. That was about the time I came...