Commentary: Grades vs. Perfection Commentator Meredith Small is an anthropology professor at Cornell University and she was shocked when a student carrying a solid "B" average came by her office to ask if she could drop her course. Small sees a rise in students for whom anything short of perfection is not enough -- and worries about what they'll find outside of school.
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Commentator Meredith Small is an anthropology professor at Cornell University and she was shocked when a student carrying a solid "B" average came by her office to ask if she could drop her course. Small sees a rise in students for whom anything short of perfection is not enough — and worries about what they'll find outside of school.