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A Wall Street Journal editorial warns of “the potential for arrested educational development” related to decisions by some school districts, in response to the pandemic, to suspend or alter their usual grading policies. Says the Journal: “The pandemic will pass, but what used to be called the soft bigotry of low expectations helps no one but teachers who don’t want to be measured by what their students learn.” An article by Seth Gershenson in the Spring 2020 Education Next, “End the ‘Easy A,’” reported that tougher grading standards set more students up for success.

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In The American Interest, Michael Mandelbaum reviews Anthony Kronman’s The Assault on American Excellence. Mandelbaum’s article is headlined “Political Correctness Threatens American Higher Education.” The review, describes a kind of “tyranny of the majority.” In Education Next, Mark Bauerlein, a professor emeritus of English at Emory University, reviewed the Kronman book in August 2019.




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