University of Georgia

Grade inflation gives many students A's for effort

If you want more evidence of our collective coddling of children, look no further than the time-honored high school report card.

OK, OK, I know it's the middle of summer and the last thing on anyone's mind is the thought of classrooms, but a just-released study highlights what I've long suspected.

For too long, and in too many ways, we've been telling our children that they're so special, so meritorious, that any effort, however minimal, will be rewarded. Anyone who has lived more than a couple of decades, however, knows this to be a dangerous delusion. A real job in a real company in the real world will soon disabuse even the most talented youth of his preciousness.