Tiffany April 19, 2010 “Partly because of our current ad hoc grading system, it is not surprising that the U.S. has to rely heavily upon foreign-born graduate students for technical fields of research and upon foreign-born employees in its technology firms,” Wow, that sounds almost discriminatory. Is it really that surprising that there are more talented people in the world than in the USA? As for grade inflation, I think there are many reasons…e.g. 1) curriculum is easier, 2) students work harder, 3) we look for more creativity in students than before (grading creativity is harder than multiple choice answers)…etc Although I agree with the article that there is of course an incentive for schools, especially private schools, to inflate their student’s grades. That’s why there are tests like the SAT.