Today, many students have outside help. Naturally, with all of this extra help (and money), the academic bar has risen way up—as it should. All high school students have the ability to be smarter and better than ever, and this is ability is reflected by “inflating” report cards.
How can a normal high school student compete with those who get help from a well-paid grad student? They can’t. Which is why teachers have been seeing superior, more advanced work, and of course better work means a better grade.
Moreover, Internet information is at instant disposal, allowing students to get in-depth explanations whenever, wherever. Modern day habits have brought university expertise into every student’s bedroom.
How can someone really argue that there is such a presence of grade inflation when we have all these resources to work with? Our papers are supplemented by advanced resources; our studying can be enhanced by pre-made online flashcards. Teachers aren’t helping us out, we’re just increasing our productivity.
It isn’t really that we are getting so much smarter, just that we have the ability to present ourselves that way. We are now capable of obtaining information that was not discussed in class, and teachers have now come to expect that of us. There is always going to be A work and there is always going to be C work. Students get As because of the effort they put into their work. Whether that effort is honest hard work, or written off with a check, is unfortunately irrelevant.
This isn’t a revolution, but rather evolution. And we are in far too deep to regress—nor does anyone want to.