What Happened When I Told My Mom About My “D” On The Math Test

DonMathTestI came home one day from school in 5th or 6th grade and announced to my mom, “I got a ‘D’ on my math test!”  She said with a smile “Congratulations!”  My mom had a friend visiting whose jaw dropped in shock while witnessing the exchange.

My mom explained to her friend that compared to the traditional A, B, C, D, F grade system, my school was then using a system whereby

D= Distinction
H= Honors
S= Satisfactory
P= Pass
F= F

Needless to say, this grading system was abandoned not too long thereafter.