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Features of academic inflation and deflation Features of academic inflation and deflation
by Joseph Gatt
2020-09-04 10:13:14
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I'll start with the conclusion. The older you get in life, the less meaningful your academic credentials become.

That is fancy degrees can help you in your 20s. But if you cheating your way to those degrees (or benefited from academic inflation in any way) the older you get, the harder it is going to be for you to thrive.

acade01_400On the other hand, if you were a victim of academic deflation, and that you failed in some way to get good credentials, you might suffer in your 20s. But if you were a victim of the education system in any way, the older you get, the more opportunities will arise for you to prove your true potential.

So what are the features of academic inflation, academic deflation and academic anarchy?

Features of Academic inflation

-Teachers who grade harshly or fairly get harassed (and often fired).

-Teachers who master the subject they are teaching are often fired. Such teachers get fired from so many jobs that schools no longer hire them, because they can't get letters of recommendation or references.

-In sum, teachers are expected to treat every student like a “bright” student.

-Teachers are supposed to ignore “smart” students and silence “smart” students.

-Teachers are expected not to notify students when they get the answer wrong. They applaud wrong answers, and discreetly fix those wrong answers.

-Teachers teach elementary school materials in high school. Middle school materials in college. Freshman college materials in grad school.

-Teachers are obsessed with games and fun! They play hangman all the time!

-Test questions are studied in advance. Either the same test, or a very similar one will be given.

-Fahrenheit 451. Any excuse is a good excuse not to read books. Don't read Thomas Jefferson because he owned slaves. Don't read history books because science is the real deal. Don't read science books because science is about experiments, not books.

-Intellectuals, thinkers, philosophers, scientists are ridiculed and demonized. Science and intellect is all “speculative” and there is no such thing as a “correct” answer.

-Students get medals for giving obvious answers to obvious questions.

I think you get the idea.

Features of Academic deflation

-Teacher does not teach. He/she yells.

-Teachers who give clear lectures and actually get the students to learn are thrown out and banished. They get fired from so many jobs that no one will hire them.

-”Smart” students are constantly corrected, even when they give the correct answer. Even correct answers are wrong.

-Test questions are questions that are neither in the book nor were they studied in class.

-Test are very, very long. Impossible for students to finish answering all the questions on time. In some cases, students don't have time to answer half the questions.

-Multiple choice questions or direct answer questions are preferred. Essays rarely given or assigned, since students tend to protest their conditions in those essays.

-Corruption exists. Oddly enough, it's always that shy student with a famous father who gets good grades, even when the shy student isn't much of a bookworm or anything and plays games on their smartphone just like everyone else.

-Students who discuss intellectual topics during recess are ignored.

-Smart students who defy their teacher's authority are thrown out of school or suspended. Often, their parents really think their smart kid has issues, when their smart kid doesn't have issues.

-In sum, lectures that don't make sense, exam questions that are not in the textbook, and very low average grades.

-Students who want to get the teacher to talk sense are bullied by the teacher (been there, done that!).

Features of academic anarchy

-Class schedules keep changing.

-Teachers disappear and resign frequently.

-Teachers discuss the recession or the economic situation in class. Teachers like to discuss the good old days when we had a strong economy.

-Some teachers don't test, and just give everyone an A or A minus and leave it at that.

-Teaching becomes a very informal affair. If a student wants to learn, the teacher will try to teach them. But if there's no student initiative, teachers will chitchat with the students.

-Students don't get punished for being absent.

-Drug pandemics exist, and teachers do nothing about that. Drug-addicted students are one reason teachers insist that they are broke and insist on being very kind with the students.

-Teachers test because they have to test. They'll usually negotiate test questions with the students, and negotiate grades. But grades don't mean anything.

-Bonus: teachers often wear the same outfit every day. And I'm not sure that they shower either.


As I said, life's not a fraud. If you're an “intellectual fraud” you can get a job at a nice company at 22 or start a business, or get offered a leadership position at 26 or something.

But, if you're an intellectual fraud, you won't last on the job very long.

On the other hand, if you have something of an intellectual bent but are a collateral victim of the education system, I would think, given good health, you will have your big break.

That is the education system is really about breeding realists, not idealists.

If you reward realists for being realists, they soon grow to become idealists.

So you let the idealists play in the academic settings, and let idealists get those fancy first jobs. If those idealists learn something about realism, they'll keep their fancy job. If they remain idealists, they'll lose their job.

Intellectuals on the other hand are usually realists from the start, and tend to gain more realistic experience, until their realism blends in with the realism of the elites.

What's an idealist and what's a realist? An idealist is someone who thinks life is about getting applause. A realist is someone who understands that life is about limiting damage as much as possible.

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