Grade inflation has been a huge problem in schools for years now. You wouldn’t think so based on the test scores of American kids, but it seems like it’s far too easy to just skate by.
Which is why I was really happy when I heard what the Mt. Olive, N.J. school district is doing. It announced this week that it is removing “D” grades, and requiring all students to get a C, or a 70, to pass a class.
Maybe this will motivate kids to try harder. Maybe it’ll scare some of them into studying more, and not always shooting for the lowest common denominator, or being so satisfied with just “getting by.”
But mostly, I hope this challenges the kids of Mt. Olive to stop doing just enough, and to actually shoot for goals that are a little higher.
**I am a pretty mediocre driver, but I’m a really, really bad parallel parker. When we lived in Saratoga Springs it drove my wife nuts when it would take me five minutes to park on the street between two cars; she would honestly put her hands on her head and make guttural, inhuman sounds of frustration.
So I could not have more respect for this guy right here. He’s a New Zealander who was trying to break the record for the tightest parallel park in the world. And man, he absolutely destroys that record.
This guy is my new hero. Think he’s available for private lessons?
**Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco, though I refuse to use that stupid name) has always mostly amused, more than annoyed, me as an NFL player. He never seemed to be half the jackass that his new teammate, Terrell Owens, is, though Chad does love the spotlight. He’s also pretty funny, tough.
This slayed me; a Photoshop that Chad put up paying tribute (sort of) to a great old Simon and Garfunkel record cover: