Service Academies: Flunk Quota at Annapolis

So long as an Annapolis senior manages to stay above the bottom 4% of his class, he is as good as an ensign already. Such is the effect of the Naval Academy's unofficial "flunk quota," brought to light last week after a teacher tried to defend his right to fail as many midshipmen as he deemed deficient in scholarship. Though flunk quotas are larger in the lower classes, Annapolis is thus stuck with a grade system that encourages students to coast. Moreover, not only Fs but also Ds are frowned on, and grades are regularly inflated to...

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