Letters to the Editor

When we think of good students, the first idea that pops into our head is never grade inflation.

However, more times than not, the harsh realities of affluent grade inflation have skyrocketed over the past 15 years.

During a study from 2004 to 2015, the median GPA increased by .27 points in affluent schools and .17 in less-affluent schools. In other words, it’s gotten easier to get good grades in high-income areas.

As a consequence, students with wealthier backgrounds and upbringing instantly gain leverage over the impoverished students who score higher on standardized tests but lower in day-to-day curriculum. Such grade inflation blurs the signal of high grades on a transcript, meaning that students whose performance truly justifies an A grade are not easily discernible from students with more modest classroom performance.

This proves unjust as the ideals of meritocracy in our reality drift further away from what hard-working Americans were promised from the beginning: if we work hard and diligently enough in school and at work, we will prosper. Therefore, to give impoverished and low-income students growing up in tough conditions a change, there must be change.

In our country’s upcoming elections, choose a candidate who addresses the importance of fair and efficient public schooling for all. Raising awareness about the topics of students’ well-being and their chance for achieving scholarships and elite college educational programs gives hope to the future scholars who will mold our world.

The importance on maintaining a fair opportunity for the effort and intellectual prowess of an individual may not seem urgent; however, intelligence advances all humans in securing the longevity of the human race.

Jonathan Valenzuela