Education: Too Many A's

College grades, along with almost everything else, have been going up lately. Stanford University undergraduates were astonished recently to read in the student paper that their grade point average had spiraled to 3.5 + (or just under an A). "I've worked hard to get good grades here, and I thought they would help when I was ready for grad school," said Patricia Pels, a senior. "Now I find out everybody has good grades."

Indeed, in the past few years, the grade glut has been spreading across academe. At Yale, 42% of all undergraduate spring-term...

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