To B or Not to B?

"To B or Not to B?," Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2001.


Harvard is now considering what to do about grade inflation. Having at last awakened to the scandal of giving its students 51% A’s and A-‘s and graduating 91% of them with honors, Harvard is now ready — let’s be optimistic — to claim the honor of being the first university to do something about it.

While this happens, we might pause to reflect on how Harvard got into this mess. We could begin with who is responsible. The answer, without hesitation, is America’s liberals: Our liberals own our universities. To be …