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Recently, I saw a program on TV that said at Stanford and several other large universities, 96 percent of the students' grades were A's and B's. No one received a failing grade and very few received a C grade.

One of the big problems with education is that the students are not motivated to really study. If everyone is getting a B or A grade, why put in extra effort to get a good grade?When I graduated from the U., on my final report card I got a C+ in one class. This ruined my grade point average and made me really mad. After graduation, I was so disturbed that I studied the subject matter on my own until I really understood it.

Fair grading is one way in which a student is motivated. Some work hard to make Phi Beta Phi or one of the other scholarship societies, but if everyone is getting excellent grades, this becomes meaningless. Students can learn in college that if they don't apply themselves they can fail.

Could it be that it is easier to get donations if all the students get good grades?

David E. Fullmer

Salt Lake City