Gut Rumbles

June 08, 2005

a 4.6 GPA

I'm getting nasty emails from some kid named "Nigel" who took great offense at the fact that I called a 4.6 GPA total bullshit. He argues that people get "extra credit" today for taking honors courses or participating in extra-curricular activities. He misses the obvious, in MY humble opinion.

The oldest trick in the book is to change the measurement system when you don't get the results you want. When public schools were accused of turning out uneducated students with poor GPAs, the public schools didn't attack the problem. They simply changed the yardstick. EVERYBODY'S GPA went up as a result.

Of course, this bullshit didn't make students any smarter, but that pissant 2.0 you had in school suddenly became a 3.0, just through the magic of numbers. That way, teachers didn't have to try any harder to get better results.

What the new system really accomplished was to cheapen the grades of every student in school. By this kind of logic, make an "F" count as two points instead of zero. NOBODY ever carries less than a 2.0 GPA after that, even if they don't bother to attend any classes. All problems solved.

I suspect that Nigel is young and spoiled. I hope he grows up to run his own business some day. Maybe then he'll understand the difference between inflated grades and the ability to perform. But I doubt it. He's proud of the 3.0 average he has now.

He's going to be in for a real shock one of these days.


Oddly enough, the Seniors seemed to be just as childish, if not more so, than all the other grade levels at my High School this year.

Whiney bastards, too.

Posted by: JG22 on June 8, 2005 05:35 PM

when I went to school a gentleman's C was an average grade. Average means just that-more people earned C's than B's and A's and the real lazy types got the D's and an occasion red F

Posted by: GUYK on June 8, 2005 06:35 PM

A few years ago when I was a mere youth of some 55 Summers, I enrolled in a Community College CAD course. I told the registrar my 1962 High School GPA was 2.8. She wrote down 4.0 because she said that's what I would get now compared to the standards in 1962.

What a bunch of fucktards we've got running the schools now.

I also had some dimwit call yesterday to do a "survey" for my local fishwrap. The first thing out of her iggorant pie hole was that she wanted to "Ax me some questions." I told her that in my social circles no one "axes" questions, they "ask " them. She hung up on me. I called the editor of said fishwrap and "asked" why they didn't screen their survey people for the ability to speak English. He hung up on me. I called the circulation department and cancelled my subscription and told them why. Got two more calls today, one "axing" me to reconsider and one "asking" the same thing. Told 'em both to go fuck themselves.


Posted by: Gerry on June 8, 2005 07:46 PM

That really irritates me -- I graduated from high school with a 3.89, via the honors/accelerated classes, and they were just beginning to talk about "weighting" those classes.

Obviously the idiots running the school system never stopped to think about how it diminished the accomplishments of those who managed to succeed without special grading . . .

Posted by: Anne on June 8, 2005 08:07 PM

"When everybody's somebody, then no one's anybody."

Posted by: Elisson on June 8, 2005 09:38 PM has an excellent column up right now entitled "The Chinese Tide."

Posted by: JG22 on June 8, 2005 11:48 PM

Gawd, I always thought GPA was a drug that I hadn't tried yet.....Murry

Posted by: murry on June 9, 2005 02:57 AM

Nigel meant that his IQ is 4.6 not his GPA. He's too fucking dumb to know the difference.

Posted by: assrot on June 9, 2005 08:25 AM

The GPA 4.0 scale is crap. I have always liked percentile grading. Using that scale, a 60% is a 60%, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Posted by: RickR on June 9, 2005 09:16 AM

Well, my graduation was in 1996 and I had a 4.25 GPA because I took a 2 college prep classes that were 'weighted' (really just another way to make them feel good). But, without the weighting, I had a 3.7 which is what I told people if and when they asked. Never did understand the weighting of grades. It's like the Canadian exchange rate. I can tell people that I make a $50,000 salary, but neglect to mention it's in Canadian dollars and that I'm really just making $40,000 in US dollars. But 50k sure sounds better!

Posted by: Dave on June 9, 2005 10:45 AM

I saw the Harvard grades that Kerry and Bush got there.
Harvard says a grade between 60 and 70 is a D and IS PASSING.
What Bullshit.
When I went to high school and college in Texas, the lowest grade possible to pass on was a C, which is 70.

No pass, you repeated the course, PERIOD.


Posted by: mrchuck on June 9, 2005 11:50 AM

First of all you stupid old redneck get over yourself. And come to the 21 century! GPA's now a days are different but there is some students in this world who work hard for their 4.6 GPA. You don't even know what your talking about have you even been in a honors class have you been had to take all nighters just to study for one test. I don't think so! So shut your mouth you old prune and go watch your black and white television and listen to your folk music.

Posted by: Lauren on March 26, 2009 05:50 PM
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