Grading, an established factor in education systems, has developed a concern: grade inflation. It is known to have emerged about half a century ago; before the conceptualization of communication apprehension. Traced from the 1960s grades began to rise and a decade later acquired the name grade inflation.
The phenomenon is label for inaccurate grades, i.e. an A awarded for what is previously a B-level work. It is high grade for low achievement; a loose grading standard.
In my research I said, “grade inflation may produce…” Well, in this blog I say grade inflation produces irresponsible students. I see it every single day. Students are losing their grip on accountability. Why, after all, would they strive when they are assured of good grades despite absenteeism or truancy among many other alibis?
Inflated grades are misleading to parents. They are satisfied with their children’s achievement because they rely primarily on grades to determine how much their children are learning and according to the grades, their children are doing well.
The grade inflation phenomenon is in the works in my pond. The Ministry of University Affairs in Thailand has appointed a committee to investigate incorrect high school student grades submitted for college admission. Adoption of student ranking system was postponed as it was discovered that the grades submitted by schools did not reflect the true performance of their students. Education officials suspected that teachers (and possibly in accordance with administrators) might have inflated their students’ grades to help them win places at the country’s top universities, and in the process, enhance the reputation of their high schools.
Do you have or have you noticed grade inflation in your country? How is it?
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Julie Andrews allegedly sang a parody of the Sound of Music tune My Favorite Things at an AARP benefit to commemorate her 69th birthday. I thought it was fun and interesting, even though there was no confirmation that Julie Andrews did sing it. Thus, ‘allegedly’ as About.com-Urban Legends put it.
I was thirty-five then, and getting conscious of the fact that in five years my life would begin. I like believing in “life begins at forty.” To mark my 40th birthday last year I did my own lyrics revision. And came up with this:
If you are not familiar with my blog: CJ is my son, Mozart is my fur kid (picture on sidebar), my mother is a soprano, and I am usually her piano accompanist. My father’s second wife, RIP Father, was the chess; and my mother beat him in scrabble mercilessly. I grew up watching an uncle’s ballroom dances and staring in wonder at his trophies. My pet peeve is internet/computer inaccessibility. I hate a runny nose with fervor and although I am stuck in the city, I am a country girl at heart. And oh, in case you were wondering about the three ***, that is deliberate as I haven’t yet found the person who will take the place of those asterisks.
I tried singing my own lyrics to the tune. It was crazy, but fun.
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Communication Apprehension is a trait coined by James McCroskey. He originally defined it as a “broadly based anxiety related to oral communication.” It is later slightly modified to read “an individual’s level of fear or anxiety associated with either real or anticipated communication with other person(s).
Communication apprehension or CA is a social phenomenon. A West Virginia University study on CA reports that one in five persons are classified as high CA.
Surveys on people’s great fears noted that fear of public speaking is on top of the list. Fear of dying is only number 5. Technically, a person would rather die than speak in front of a large number of people. As many as 80 percent of the US population believe that speaking in public is the scariest thing there is to be asked to do, and this malady has been reported as America’s number one fear.