It seems if education is the only commodity where the consumer asks for less considering what they've paid, then one could make a case that they don't really ask for less. They have, rather, changed the paradigm and are not after the education but the GRADE. This is the elephant in the living room. For a majority of students, unfortunately, the idea is to run the gauntlet and jump through the hoops to get a grade, and learning something along the way is incidental. Professors who don't read into this run the risk of becoming unpopular and jeopardizing their future. Welcome to the shopping mall of grades. The same student that lies to their self in terms of their reason for attending college is probably apt to twist things where necessary because the teacher did not respond in kind.