We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Grade inflation, in my view, is a quite deliberate project of our most elite schools to secure the elitist advantage of their students from effective competition. Indeed, the center of grade inflation is the Ivy League. As far as I can tell, the grade inflation is meant to protect the "brand" of the meritocrats earned by being admitted. To be sure, it's not that the students at Harvard or Princeton don't work hard. It's just that their efforts occur in a safe and secure environment. They're protected from real competition from excellent students at lesser schools. Nobody is ever to say that an A at my Berry College is as good as an A or even A minus at Harvard. So we professors in the sticks can't really win by sustaining grading standards too different from those used by our most prestigious schools.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the rise of a post-graduate certification exam. One designed along the lines of the licensed maritime officer testing system where students can show competency in what they studied. It won't be mandatory but it would be a good way to demonstrate to employers interested in competency.
At that point, the Ivy alum in government will move to quash it since it would reveal the vacuity of their alumi brand and move the value to the individual student.
It's not just grades that are inflated. I've weighed the same for 40 years. I used to wear a size 12 when I graduated from high school. Now I wear a size 6. I guess you can call that deflated, but you get my drift. If it's a personal measurement and it can influence your "self esteem" it will be "adjusted".