When ‘A’ Is For Average

Four or five years ago, a professor told me about the unusually high grade point average among students in the UW-Madison School of Education. I finally got around to checking out his tip for Wisconsin Interest. The story begins:

Lake Wobegon has nothing on the UW-Madison School of Education. All of the children in Garrison Keillor’s fictional Minnesota town are “above average.” Well, in the School of Education they’re all A students.

The 1,400 or so kids in the teacher-training department soared to a dizzying 3.91 grade point average on a four-point scale in the spring 2009 semester.

Read more here.

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One Comment on “When ‘A’ Is For Average”

  1. Tom Laskin Says:

    What a joke. A quarter of a century ago, when I was a graduate student in English, I was in a class with a number of kids from the UW School of Education. When the professor noted that grammatical errors would be factored into his grading, many of them complained that he was being unduly harsh. These were future teachers of English. It has always been thus.


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