“Students want to be on a first-name basis with their teachers, too; that’s more friendly because it’s more equal. Friends are your equals, but teachers are your instructors. How come your friend gets to give you a grade? And from the teacher’s point of view, shouldn’t you always give a good grade to someone who is your friend? What are friends for, if not to give them benefits? Here we see the seed of grade inflation. Everybody is good and everybody is equal, so all get A’s.”

Harvey Mansfield, Commencement remarks at the John Adams Academy, Roseville, California, 5 June 2015

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