Do Good Grades Predict Success?

September 30, 2008

This is a great blog post. Read it! 🙂 Do Good Grades Predict Success? – Freakonomics – Opinion – New York Times Blog

I was speaking with a colleague the other day and he was remarking on an accomplishment I have had in my field (of microprocessor design). He assumed I had been a straight-A student all through school.

When I noted that I was far from it, he was shocked. This got me to thinking: we usually just assume that somehow grades in school (at any level) are predictors of future success, or certainly of intelligence; but I highly doubt it. I tried to find some good studies, but found five problems immediately:

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