- Grade inflation from high school leads students to think that the default grade is an A, not a C.
- Students achieved grades in high school through a test preparation model, and they think this "magic formula" will translate into good grades in college
- Students equate a grade with effort, as high schools often give, rather than achievement.
If students developed a genuine interest in their field, grades would take a back seat, and holistic and intrinsically motivated learning could take place.
Or if grades were eliminated altogether...