GPAI lost about 15 students from the course in the hours before the late drop deadline. They did not want to jeopardize their Grade Point Average.

This is of course one reason why none of us pay any attention to GPAs when we are looking at grad school applicants. You can’t tell the difference between students who perform well and those who select easy courses — or drop challenging courses rather than try harder.

None of my education ever involved a GPA. Why do Americans need them? Why does anyone pay them any attention?

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