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Opening Arguments

Default grades

Looks like America's effort to pump self-esteem into its young people has, unfortunately, been all too successful:

Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded papers in his English classes at the University of Maryland.

“Many students come in with the conviction that they've worked hard and deserve a higher mark,” Professor Grossman said. “Some assert that they have never gotten a grade as low as this before.”

He attributes those complaints to his students' sense of entitlement.

“I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.”

Better straighten those students out. Otherwise, they'll get out into the real world believing they are owed everything they demand from the nation's collective wealth, that the government will always be there to provide for they, that they will not be allowed to fail or falter. Oh, wait.

The default out here is "F," by the way.


Bob G.
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:06pm

I was talking to the missu this morning about the SAME thing...entitlements...at ANY cost.
Forget challenging oneself.
Forget asking questions to get answers.
Forget holding YORUSELF responsible for success OR failure.

Yeah, a nation of self-effacing, entitled wimps.
Change we can believe in?
Funny thing, no one in the military starts out as a GENERAL (or even a CAPTAIN)...do they?


Bob G.
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:07pm

...and forget the spell the word YOURSELF correctly, too, Bob!
(gimme an F)

tim zank
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 1:03pm

"Funny thing, no one in the military starts out as a GENERAL (or even a CAPTAIN)