The idea isn’t new, but the results are just as funny.
The Young America’s Foundation (YAF) just released a “stellar entry” from its annual GPA Redistribution Petition and Video Contest. That contest looks to capture hypocritical thinking on college campuses, where many are willing to redistribute wealth but not grades. The following entry comes from Carthage College (located in Wisconsin*). YAF explains what you’re about to see:
Yet, when students at Carthage where asked if they would be willing to sign a petition to redistribute GPA points from the top 10% to the rest of the college, most of them said NO. One student said, “No, because I worked hard for my grades!”
Another said, “At Carthage, each student has an equal opportunity to get the GPA they desire.” And another, “I don’t want my GPA being taken away from me if I had an ‘A’.”
When the petitioners told students that oftentimes outside factors leave students at an unfair disadvantage, a student said, “No. I’m low-income and a minority, and I have a fairly decent GPA, so…”
Fittingly, some not in the upper 10% welcomed the free points. “Why not? I’m down,” said one student with a low GPA (eagerly signing the petition), but then the student’s friend standing next to him said, “It takes away from people working hard… and obviously it’s paid off with their higher GPA.” Later in the conversation, when the first student told his friend to sign the petition, the friend responded, “How about trying harder for a semester?”
But the best interview might be of a man who appears to be a professor who is absolutely taken aback by the audacity of the petition. His facial reactions tell the story:
It should be noted that the students in the video aren’t necessarily being hypocritical, as they aren’t saying that income redistribution is okay but grade redistribution isn’t (there’s also no indication if Carthage is generally a liberal or conservative campus). However, it may highlight the hypocrisy within higher education in general — or at least that not all college campuses subscribe to the redistribution notion.
See for yourself:
(H/T: CNS News)
*The college is not in Illinois as the article originally stated. We’ve updated the piece to reflect that.