Tarry for the Nonce

June 7, 2005

The Spectre of College

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:42 am

Uh-oh! College grades do follow you!

In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school . . .

The transcript shows that Kerry’s freshman-year average was 71. He scored a 61 in geology, a 63 and 68 in two history classes, and a 69 in political science. His top score was a 79, in another political science course. Another of his strongest efforts, a 77, came in French class . . .

Kerry gradually improved his grades, averaging 81 in his senior year. His highest single grade was an 89, for a political science class in his senior year . . .

Bush went to Yale from 1964 to 1968; his highest grades were 88s in anthropology, history, and philosophy, according to The New Yorker article. He received one D in his four years, a 69 in astronomy.

I wouldn’t want my college transcript to be public! I shudder at the very thought. (Of course, I hypocritically publish the grades on my blog, but I never claimed perfection.)

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1 Comment

  1. Yet another reason I will never go into politics.

    Comment by Toly — June 7, 2005 @ 1:27 pm


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