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Do you really need a 4.0 grade point average?

There's a proposal on the table that we should consider. For far too long, there have been many underachieving students. We're not going to get into the specific reasons as to why some students perform better than others. We're just going to acknowledge it as a fact.

Putting aside the debate as to whether or not college is important, when students underperform, bad things happen. They have a hard time getting jobs and might not be able to afford to eat or pay-off their student loans. They have to move back home with their parents (for lack of money). Maybe they can't even graduate! They don't feel as good about themselves. They are unhappy.

There is someone who is proposing to change all that. He is trying to get people to sign a petition to redistribute their grades. Not everyone - just the top 10% grade earners. After all, they can afford it. He thinks it's shameful that some should be allowed to get higher grades when not everyone is as smart or had the same opportunities. He thinks it's discrimination. It's just not fair, especially in classes that aren't graded on a curve. He wants there to be more equality in the system.

Stop being selfish. Who will sign his petition? Why or why not? Is there anything wrong with the principle? Is money different? Why isn't he able to get anyone to sign the petition?

Petition to Redistribute GPA Scores

(For the economics version of this, see here.)


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Sep 2, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=636

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