By Comcast Finance
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:40:01 GMT
A college degree is just about essential to make a lot of money in a career, but what if you don’t want to work all that hard to get a diploma?
Slackers wanting to earn the country’s easiest college major should major in education.
5 Highest Grade Point Averages
- Education 3.36 GPA
- Language 3.34 GPA
- English 3.33 GPA
- Music 3.30 GPA
- Religion 3.22 GPA
The latest damning report on the ease of majoring in education comes from research at the University of Missouri, my alma mater. The study, conducted by economist Corey Koedel shows that education majors receive “substantially higher” grades than students in every other department.
Koedel examined the grades earned by undergraduates during the 2007-2008 school year at three large state universities that include sizable education programs — University of Missouri, Miami (OH) University, and Indiana University. The researcher compared the grades earned by education majors with the grades earned by students in 12 other majors including biology, economics, English, history, philosophy, mathematics, chemistry, psychology and sociology.
5 Lowest Grade Point Averages
- Chemistry 2.78 GPA
- Math 2.90 GPA
- Economics 2.95 GPA
- Psychology 2.98 GPA
- Biology 3.02 GPA
Consequences of Easy Grades for Education Majors
Why should we care if education majors, who must survive classes like “kiddie lit,” coast through school? For starters, easy grading can prompt students to slack off. If you can earn an “A” with little effort why exert yourself? What’s more, if most students are getting A’s then how can employers distinguish the future teaching stars from the academic slugs?
Koedel also suggests that the low academic standards required of education majors can extend to low expectation of teachers after they leave college.
Low grading standards in education departments may contribute to the culture of low evaluation standards in education more generally. Although the existence of such a link is merely speculative at this point, there is a striking similarity between the favorable grades awarded to prospective teachers during university training and the favorable evaluations that teachers receive in K-12 schools.
It sounds like the only ones who are flunking these days are the education professors, who handing out all these easy A’s. These profs should spend time with teachers in departments like chemistry and economics to see how real grading works.