Release records to prove academic achievement

info@islandpacket.comNovember 1, 2012 

A recent letter writer pointed to President Barack Obama's position as editor of the Harvard Law Review as proof of his academic achievement. Really?

While the author refers to his college roommate, who was a Harvard Law graduate, as the person who stated that appointment to the review was based on academic achievement, I must assume that he graduated before the 1980s. The Harvard Law Review was under pressure to get better representation of minority students and then, as well as now, reserved the right to appoint some editors to implement the Law Review's affirmative action policy. Certainly, some affirmative action policies gave qualified minority students the chance they might never have had. But at other times, it moved minority students to positions that they didn't merit.

It is reported that Obama is the first and only Law Review editor who never had an article published in the Review.

As a sales manager for a Fortune 100 company, I interviewed thousands of college graduates. On a academic basis, they fell into two groups. The first group knew their GPA out to two decimal places and usually had a copy of their transcript with them for the interview. The other group would not carry a copy of their transcript but would remember their GPA as between 3.0 and 3.5, which turned out close to a 2.0 when you got the transcript.

Why has Obama sealed all of his academic records? If he is so intelligent, why would he hide his records?

You decide, but I think his handling of the U.S. economy has given him a very public grade of "F." Bob Wharton

Hilton Head Island

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