I teach at a small private school, and one of my fellow teachers is brand new to high school teacher (i.e. she's never taught high school before). She really wants EVERYONE--the headmaster, other teachers, other students, staff--to like her. So she is basically a doormat for anything anyone wants. In her classes, she passes out A grades to everyone except the highly defiant students. She doesn't really evaluate quality as long as a student completes the work. Even for moderately defiant students, she gives B grades. A student has to do absolutely nothing to get a D or F from her. On the other hand, I do evaluate the quality of a student's work. I have a rubric that I am transparent about and expect students to meet the rubric requirements, and if they do, they receive A grades, but if they do not they receive B, C, D or F grades. I assess fairly frequently with short quizzes, and every 4-6 weeks, after a unit is completed, I give a short-essay question test. My tests are all material that was previously assigned for homework or discussed directly in class, but require reading comprehension and analysis. My good students, who do all the homework, are earning A grades, but the students who do not hand in homework, study for quizzes, etc. generally are getting B, C, or D grades. So by comparison with the easy grading teacher, the students view me as more demanding, a more difficult grader, etc. I even offered all 4 of my classes extra credit assignments worth a decent amount of points, and as of now only two students have finished the extra credit. So apparently the students with C grades, don't care enough to do some easy extra work to raise their grades to B- or C+. The headmaster is not the most academically minded guy, and he has said he never gave lower than a C in his years of teaching. There are a few other teachers at my school, too. Two are more average-grading teachers, but the Physical Education teacher also gives out all A grades. Thoughts on how to respond? Maintain my integrity as a grader? Keep to the reasonable standards I have set? Lower my standards so that by comparison I am not the "meanie" who actually asks for quality?