Education Inflation: Causes, Consequences And Risks Of Education

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Education is one of the most important institutions in our society and the biggest investment a country can make for its people and their future. For individuals, it is process of acquiring knowledge, values, and skills. With an investment, it poses many risks. One of the biggest risk that comes with education is the worrying issues of education inflation. The term education inflation refers to the practice of requiring job candidates to possess a certain degree when the same job previously had not required that level of education. It is the persistent rise in the general level of education in a workplace or job position, overtime. This paper will explore the causes, consequences, and solutions of education inflation with a focus on its social,…show more content…
Tenure in education refers to a contracted agreement between a teacher and its institution that provides job security. It is usually presented to the teachers who have successfully completed a probationary period, whilst proving their ability. Tenured teachers are supposedly chosen based on their effectiveness and ability to teach, which is evaluated through students' achievements in their course, feedback evaluations, and teacher performance. This, however, creates a perverse incentive. Tenure has become a serious barrier to making progress at an institutional level; it both insulates its possessors from the pressures to change, and provides a strong motivation for grade leniency to the untenured (Dresner). In this sense, tenured lecturers would often become too comfortable in their position and fall into stagnancy, with a major decrease in their work ethic and performance, while the untenured lecturers would often increase students' grades to better the students' achievement level, in an attempt to obtain tenure. This has led to an increase in grade inflation and unequal distribution of…show more content…
In today’s society, one of the most appreciated commodity available would be a college degree. According to The Qualitative Report 2014, ‘A’s for Everyone: The Effect of Student Consumerism in the Post-Secondary Classroom,’ student consumerism refers to:
A collection of different types of beliefs and behaviours such as the belief that all factors of a student’s educational endeavours are negotiable such as grades, timelines, and expectations. Increasingly, students view education as a service for which they have paid and for which in turn they expect a commensurate high grade regardless of their actual learning or effort

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