After reading this article, I feel vindicated: A’s for Good Behavior.
Here I am, with graduate-level degrees, but a poor pre-college grade record, and why? I had poor handwriting, and hardly ever completed my homework. I did well enough on the tests to get by, but I was given poor marks for not showing every step along the way in the tedious tedium that was grade school math homework. There were a few terms where I was denied being on the Honor Roll for poor penmanship grades—everyone knows that genius is illegible.
There was a point in high school where I just gave up pushing for high grades because of these arbitrary roadblocks. I’m glad there’s the recognition to make them die in a fire.