# 336: Priorities

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

## Explanation

In some schools in the United States, a student's grades are determined mainly using letters for quick reference.[citation needed] In most schools, the letter grades are given as follows:

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 s/he aims for certain scoring (for example: altering the quality of his/her homework or even sending out his/her homework only at the times needed for his/her grades to reach a certain level), s/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. The reason for the missing "E" is complex and explained in this Slate article.

## 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!

# 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" 173.245.56.157

Regarding the title text, spelling words with only letters A-F is something that I have done a lot when bored in class with my calculator, which can do hexadecimal. Unlike on report cards, one can also use digits like 5 or 1 as letters like S and I. I hope this is something common, as it can be very entertaining when the teacher keeps on talking about boring topics you already know about. 141.101.92.31 13:30, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

The grade numbers that correspond to letter grades can be different than those listed depending on the region. For instance, the schools I attended in San Antonio would have C = 75 to 79 and D = 70 to 74. Anything 69 or less was an F. Iguanabob (talk) 13:03, 14 June 2016 (UTC)