In Response to: GPAs on the Rise

There is a general view that Ivy League students (starting with those at Harvard) get very high grades because those getting into these schools deserve high grades! Regardless of their accomplishments in courses. If true, this will increase the pressure from parents to get their kids into Ivy League schools, increasing an already neurotic disease in our college-bound families. The opposite would be better: lower grades, because these schools expect more than other schools and students are unlikely to be as good as their parents and they themselves think they are. Lower grades would result in harder work, better work, and more proper humility.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.