18.2.04

FINDING THE RIGHT MARGIN. Harry at Crooked Timber:
This story about the inflation of high school diplomas simply states what anyone working in a US high school knows -- graduation simply requires attendance plus a modicum of obedience. Failing that, it helps to have parents who are willing to make life sufficiently difficult for administrators and teachers that they will give you a passing grade anyway. There are multiple culprits. One is the ludicrous system of having classroom teachers be the sole assigners of grades.
Maybe. The quickest way for me to bring up short a student who is attempting to wheedle a higher mark out of me to avoid being separated from the university is to ask what he or she did to earn all those other substandard grades in all those other classes.

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