Really? Is it truly possible that 50% of Harvard undergrads are “excellent”. That’s what the grades say. Today half or more of Harvard undergrads receive a grade of “A”, while fifty years ago that figure was closer to 30%.
Harvard prof Harvey Mansfield spoke about this not long ago. He describes grade inflation within Ivy League schools a a real problem. Some are beginning to attempt to address it, but it’s not gone away and not going away any time soon.
So we graduate “excellent” students from “excellent” schools who we routinely hear cannot get the job done, can’t think or write thoroughly or succinctly.
Whether it’s due to post-modernist ideas of “well who are you to judge me?” attitudes, or lingering 1960s era notions of it being “oppressive” for “powerful” college profs to evaluate students, or entitled students of this modern day feeling like the world “owes” them (what, just for existing?)… whatever the explanation, it’s simply another symptom of a system that is broken and beyond mere “fixing” or “reform”.