If I read the Boston Globe correctly, all that work on getting good grades isn't worth much. You can still run for President and be elected or defeated with unremarkable grades.
...newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.
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. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years
Maybe this says more about growing up in a life of privilege than anything else. Of course it was at Yale which explains a lot. At Harvard I knew some pretty famous and rich folks who got good grades. Then there were some not so famous folks who had plenty of bad grades. I'm pleased to say that I am almost done motivating kids to get good grades. In the end it is the individual not the family that is at school. You can lead a teenage or early twenty something mule to water but you can't make them drink.
The good news is that when they figure out the true importance of education that they often do a remarkable job like our youngest, Katie who just made us very proud with a 4.0 average at UNC Charlotte last semester.