The meaning of 1 here is that you showed up enough and did some work. It doesn't mean that you know how to do anything in particular. It is not hard to get a D because they have lowered the requirements for passing. When I was a kid, a 70 was the lowest D you could get. Now a 70 is a C. Plus, many districts require teachers to put at least 50% down in their grade books even if a kid never turned the paper/work in at all. Then they need to show a reteach grade on top of the 50%. With all of the accommodations we have to make for kids with IEP's, a degree does not guarantee they know how to do basic math, read, or write. I was just reminded of this by a post and a young guy I know. He graduated HS and applied for a job at a hotel. The owner of the hotel told him, " I don't care if you have a diploma or not. I want to see if you can do basic math." During the interview, the guy had to take a test of basic math skills. He told me that it was hard, but he passed it. At times, I am afraid our jobs are becoming more and more like underpaid babysitter jobs. I can't post links so copied and pasted a bit : According to Care.com data, the average weekly child care cost for one infant child is $199 for a family care center, $211 for a day care center and $596 for a nanny. If we take the lowest shown of about $200 a day, and multiply it by how many kids we have in our classes, we'd be making the bucks we deserve. Don't get me wrong, I love to teach. I am really having fun with 1 group who are learning academics and how to become productive citizens. I am just getting bored with so many kids that are practicing how to make a zero or the alphabet in 3rd grade. Society needs to put their $ where their mouths are and revamp our system. Maybe HS diplomas could be developed into specialty areas. Some kids want to be chefs. We need to bring Home Ec back imo along with strong vocational skills. Teach builders to build, mechanics to kids who are inclined, plumbing to those interested, and computer tech to those inclined etc. I know it is the "old school" tracking system, but we need plumbers, builders, electricians, mechanics, and computer techs. Then focus also on the ones who want to be doctors, lawyers, vets, teachers, etc. Teach them what they need to know to go to college. If kids left HS w/ a meaningful degree or skill, I bet it'd bring our unemployment rates down and standard of living up.