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This discussion seems to provoke a fair amount of black and white thinking, regardless of the board it shows up on.

Thank you for persistently pointing out the nuances and the need for flexibility.


sorry Meg,

but there is flexibility in the system. Anyone can get a two year degree or become a plumber if they have the aptitude to do what is before them.

And if you have a larger aptitude you can go to Harvard or Yale. The system is plenty flexible. You can always make your circumstances better with time and go back to school. In many parts of the first world going back to school as an older adult if frowned upon, not so in the US.

Too many Americans dont want responsibility, just my opinion. While a majority of silent Americans actually do want responsibility. Life is what you make of it.

But here is a new case in point:

http://news.yahoo.com/lehigh-university-student-got-c-124956...

A graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. has sued the school for $1.3 million because she is unhappy that she got a C+ in a class in 2009.

Megan Thode, 27, says the grade ruined her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor, reports The Morning Call, an Allentown-based newspaper. Her civil suit alleges breach of contract and sexual discrimination. It contends that the grade was part of a broader attempt to force her to abandon the graduate degree she was pursuing.

“I think if your honor changed the grade, you’d be the first court in the history of jurisprudence to change an academic grade,” Hamburg told the judge presiding over the case. “She has to get through the program. She has to meet the academic standards.”

Hamburg pointed out that Thode is the daughter of Lehigh finance professor Stephen Thode. One of the perks of that relationship was that she was able to enroll in the Lehigh graduate program tuition-free. The school provided her with a job as well. She also got to attend York College of Pennsylvania at no charge as an undergraduate thanks to her Lehigh connections, says The Call.

Thode was on the witness stand Monday. Another Lehigh attorney, Michael Sacks, grilled her about her free ride.

“Even after you sued Lehigh, you were getting free tuition and working for Lehigh?” Sacks queried.

“Yes,” Thode answered.
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