Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Friday, April 21, 2006


During a recent House debate, one Member made a statement that seemed to disparage college students who earn a C grade average. I have a problem with elitist attitudes.

Everybody isn’t a genius, and everyone isn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth. There’s a respectable place in this world for students with average grades – just like there’s a respectable place for non-college folks, and trades people.

Some college students with average grades may, in fact, be doing exceptional work. Consider the student who carries a 16 or more units, works a full-time 8 hour job to support his wife and kids, and maintains a C average. In my book, that C student is hardly “average.” The toughest part of college is to persist until graduation. The grade for persistence is called a diploma. In the real academic world, the diploma is the grade that counts most.

Someday, I’d like to do a study that identifies C average students who have become quite successful. But we already know of some C average students who have done quite well in life: congratulations to George W. Bush, John Kerry, and Al Gore.

It’s a great accomplishment to complete college, whatever the grade point average. Anyone who achieves a degree is in no way average, regardless of college grades. Over a period of time I’ve listed my academic degrees on many different documents, but never once has anyone asked my grade point average. Having a college degree usually opens more doors to opportunity than grade averages.

The fact of the matter is, it’s the so-called “average people” who are indispensable to the good order of any society. God Bless them, one and all.


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