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Started by HigherEd7, October 04, 2023, 08:17:22 AM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on October 04, 2023, 08:41:08 AMI don't see the point, personally. If I'm trying to be generous, I'd rather drop the lowest grade, since that won't ever hurt anyone.
Quote from: fosca on October 04, 2023, 11:09:03 AMIf I thought I made a mistake in testing/grading, I'd just as soon fix that (I've thrown out questions that had issues, or added a certain number of points to everyone's grades).I also let students know that the mode in my class is generally a B, and if I curved I'd have to make that a C, which would lower the grade for as many (if not more) students than it would help.I had a student ask me about curving over the summer, and I pointed out that 1. the reason people didn't do well is because they didn't follow the instructions, which is in no way my fault; and 2. if I curved one I'd have to curve them all, and he'd likely then have his grade lowered because of how he was doing. He didn't ask again, and wound up getting an A (I drop lowest everything and have some extra credit for borderline cases and I round up like crazy).Then again, in first-year Calc I was given a C, when I didn't pass any of the tests. But my class isn't that brutal.