by Scoobie Davis
Grade Inflation Hype
Jordan Ellenberg has a thoughtful article on how the concern about grade inflation is misplaced. One thing he fails to mention is how Ivy League schools have changed over the past 40 years. In the early 1960's, the Ivy League schools were, more or less, regional universities that had many mediocre minds (I won't mention any names but I will include initials such as G. W. B.). Now, these schools are highly selective--the average Yalie in the 1960's had test scores that would be in the lower ten percent today. Meritocracy has become the standard today--much to the chagrin of today's G.W.B's who want to get into these schools.