$334 for University High School Mensch of the Month

A few weeks ago, the Times ran an exposé on a Florida-based correspondence high school that current N.C.A.A. athletes had used to boost their substandard GPAs in order to qualify for college sports recruitment. It was pretty damning stuff. They're running a follow-up story today about how the "school" is closing down amid all sorts of regulatory investigations. It contains the following tidbit of information:

Elite athletes in Dade County said they received study guides with open-book tests and got quick A's and B's. The N.C.A.A. and college admissions offices accepted those grades.

Now, I didn't go to high school in South Florida, so perhaps Sheryl could shed some light on the issue: are South Florida athletes really so unprepared for anything educational that they can take an open-book test for which they receive an accompanying study guide, a test which, you'd have to assume includes ample wiggle room for extra-credit, and walk away with only a B?


  1. Open book tests with study guides aren't as easy as you make them out to be ...

  2. And be, I'm sure, damn proud to get a B. If you approach an exam on which you know not a thing, no book will really help. Maybe if it goes in the exact order of the textbook and pulls statements verbatim from the text (which these exams just might). Even so, if you don't care to do anything but pass, that's all you'll do. They just don't care.

    My other theory -- It's the sun. Fries the brain.


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