336: Priorities

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Priorities
You should start giving out 'E's so I can spell FACADE or DEFACED.
Title text: You should start giving out 'E's so I can spell FACADE or DEFACED.

[edit] Explanation

In schools in the United States, a student's grades are determined mainly using letters for quick reference. In this case:

A — 100%–90%
B — 89%–80%
C — 79%–70%
D — 69%–60%
F — 59%–0%

Traditionally, these schools send 'report cards' in which the student's current grading of the semester or even the entirety of the class the student is taking is denoted using these letters, for example:

English — A
Mathematics — A
Science — A
Social Studies — A
World Building — A

The student may have noted that, if he aims for certain scoring (for example: altering the quality of his homework or even sending out his homework only at the times needed for his grades to reach a certain level), he could make the report card spell every letter grade in alphabetical order. Deriving from the previous example, the student would aim for the following report card:

English — A
Mathematics — B
Science — C
Social Studies — D
World Building — F

Interestingly, since even a 0% grade would mark the required 'F' grade, the student does not need to work at all (not even send out a school assignment) to get the required 'F' grade, this leading to the situation presented in the comic above.

The title text references that, not only can the grades in the report card inadvertently spell out certain words (for example: 'CAB' or 'FAD'), but also that the letter grade system denoted omits the letter 'E' in standard letter grading. Note that the 'E' is not really missing; it only looks that way because the word 'FAIL' begins with the letter 'F'.

[edit] Transcript

[A teacher is talking to a student, sitting at a desk.]
Teacher: If you don't turn in at least one homework assignment, you'll fail this class.
[The student holds up his report card.]
Student: Yeah. But if I can fail this class, the grades on my report card will be in alphabetical order!
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Discussion

By the way, 'Word Building' is 'Etymology,' or again, studying how words are formed. (School of Tomorrow is very thorough on teaching people the power of words...) Greyson (talk) 20:18, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Somehow our county (and many neighboring ones) uses A-E, no F. It's probably one of those watering-down things about how failure crushes self-esteem. Everything else is the same. --Quicksilver (talk) 19:29, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

County? And here we only have A to D! 108.162.215.108 13:22, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Don't sonic games additionally have an S grade?--Church (talk) 12:33, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

And don't get me started on Devil May Cry, that have from D to A, then S, SS and SSS. 108.162.212.196 21:40, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Math is spelled wrong, and what in the world is World Building? I recommend "Foreign Language" or a specific one like "French."108.162.219.202 20:37, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

"World Building" is a nicer sounding name for the class "Creative Writing"

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