Informal question: If one does not receive A+s consistently, is one therefore not an A+ person with A+ ideas?
Modified question: Do A+s mean someone is doing something great or do they mean that a person has exploited the right pathways, or both?
Connected to question of: Why we cannot take (bad) taste as an indicator of intelligence when that intelligence is measured by grades.
Expressed as: T (?) ≠ I
Related to: The idea that Taste (vs. Appreciation of things, which can be picked up via discipline and passed off as one’s Tastes) is above and beyond discipline.
Perhaps greatness is above and beyond discipline, and this is where taste and intelligence connect. --I am not a Nazi, or a eugenicist.
In any case, take a look at the cool coded grading system they use at Cambridge, explained over at Mary Beard’s A Don’s Life.