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Pass/fail critics lose sight of positive effects

I was a freshman the first year that pass/fail grading was used for freshmen. I came South to North, rural to urban, social isolation to compression, from licking the dew from rocks to drinking from a fire hose. If it had not been for pass/fail, I would have drowned.

It is a verity of governance that socially important policies have side effects, and that such side effects endanger those policies when the institutional memory of their birth begins to fade.

So it is now.

Daniel E. Geer, Jr. '72->

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