Mediocrity the new norm
May 02, 2014 01:20 AM | 1664 views | 4 4 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Someone please help me here. If, under the “4.0” grading system, a 4.0 is the equivalent of the old 100, a grade of 2.0 would presumably be the equivalent of a 50. So if State Rep. Stacey Evans’ (D-Smyrna) bill conferring the HOPE Scholarship on students whose GPA is the equivalent of a 50 — is that not the same thing as rewarding mediocrity? I guess in the age of Obama, “mediocrity” is the new norm!

Scott Chadwick

Marietta

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anonymous
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May 11, 2014
Ben, you really that dumb? I guess you got the .1 GPA?
anonymous
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May 27, 2014
Really, Ben and Scott, When did you go to school? The 4.0 scale has been around a very long time. Maybe you were home schooled and your grades were pizza, sandwiches, fruit and liver and onions if you failed.

Unfortunately parents see a 2.0, or C, as average and that is just fine. Average is good. My kid is just as good as other average kids! And that is fine if the kid has drive and wants to work hard.
Brad Wallace
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May 02, 2014
Yet another example of why we dodged a bullet when you ran for Commissioner.

4.0 is an A or 100-90

3.0 is a B or 89-80

2.0 is a C or 79-70

Ben Twomey
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May 03, 2014
So. I guess, following your scale, a 1.0 is D or 69-60. Which means there is no failing grade. Excuse me but this is BS. It is another example of a society that rewards for participation. Excellence can go to hell, huh?

BTW, even if your scale is correct, it doesn't detract from the fact that we are rewarding mediocrity. For, regardless of your rationalizing, even a C is mediocre.
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