Students oppose GPA redistribution

Taxing the rich to help the poor? Sure, say students at University of California at Merced. Redistributing “excessive” grade points to those struggling to graduate? No. The 4.0 students earned their grades, they tell College Republicans.

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  1. I keep reading stories, like this one:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/tax/article1996735.ece

    about rich people paying a lower percentage of taxes than less-rich people. I’m not rich, and I pay taxes. Daily News just wrote a story that illegal aliens paid 11.2 billion in taxes while GE paid zero. In fact, they got billions back if I recall correctly.

    No one gives away portions of their GPA. I have, thought, gone to meetings where administrators, under pressure to increase scores, have made ridiculous suggestions that pretty much condoned cheating to do so–pairing up low-performing students with high-performing ones on tests, apparently, results in excellent scores all around.

  2. Right, because high grades can also be loaned out or shared with friends or passed down from previous graduates! Grades are JUST LIKE MONEY!

  3. I do this with my class, it is funny to watch everyone say hands off my points. Only one time did someone figure out what I was doing, the president of our campus democrat club. Funny thing those is that he didn’t want to give up his points either.

    And while grades aren’t like money, it’s the concept of you worked hard to earn that grade or points, so they are yours and no one else’s.

  4. NYC-
    While I cannot say that I know Buffett’s secretary’s tax situation, using the IRS tax tables for the recent year the taxes on 60,000 taxable income is 11,000, and that’s without a single deduction.

    Secondly, I wonder how much of Buffett’s worth is personal or tied up in corporations… and whether the amount he cited is combined taxes or just on his personal income.

    As for GE, there are a couple reason why the corporation doesn’t pay taxes. First off, its cheaper to move business overseas because the taxes are lower. Increasing taxes will just encourage them to shift overseas more. Also, GE has taken advantage of numerous loopholes in the tax system that have built up over decades. As long as the deductions exist, GE and every other corporation and individual will take advantage of them. Finally, GE is essentially getting paid off by the US government to develop green technologies…which is saving them tons of taxes.

    So, simply saying “let’s tax the heck out of GE” is not as simple and consequence-less as it may seem.

  5. tim-10-ber says:

    Teachers force kids to share their grades all the time and frankly I hated it as did my kids…the kids who benefited never did the group work and the teachers knew who they were…really stupid system…no minimum grades…you do the work you earn the credit there is no other way…

    this system has screwed up the country with the entitlement mentality it starts with welfare and continues with teachers not holding kids accountable and teachers (sorry guys) aren’t held accountable neither or principals or others in the education chain…

    people need to earn what they have rather than expect whatever it is to be GIVEN to them…nope

  6. Stacy in NJ says:

    What tim-10-ber said.

  7. Not to revisit this tired old debate once again (and yet I can’t resist, so what does that say about me), but the problem starts with the parents who call the teachers to complain and threaten if their child earns a bad grade in the class (or on a test or a project). There is no way my child could have earned a bad grade, the parents will say, so the fault must lie with you, teacher. Very quickly the teacher realizes that she/he gets paid the same whether or not the kid earns an A or an F (which truly is the fault of our socialistic education system which is why we must voucherize the system if we want to compete in the 21st century) and giving out well earned F’s has too high of a chance of being more trouble then it is worth, so the teacher decides to do whatever is needed to needed to ensure that no kid fails. Is it right to do so? Of course not, but there you go. Parents, at least try to respect the teacher if she/he fails your kid.

  8. This is the issue with all redistribution schemes. The so-called beneficiaries learn that achievement is irrelevant to reward.

  9. The problem with asking 4.0 students to give away their points is the fact that they can’t earn more then a 4.0. If they could earn 6.0 or 7.0, but 4.0 still counts as an A, I’m sure that some would give up part of their GPA.

    Speaking of taxes, an article on Techcrunch got my eye. It was talking about taxes and entrepreneurs. While the politicians talk about having to lower taxes to promote job growth, taxes are pretty much the last thing on entrepreneurs minds when they’re creating new companies that will hire employees. Companies are more concerned with the regulations that are required for their business than taxes.