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(Inside Higher Ed)   Problem: Professor grades on a curve. Solution: boycott final so everyone gets the "high" score (a 0) and therefore an A. Fark: it works   (insidehighered.com) divider line 17
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2013-02-14 11:09:29 AM  
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Then some kid who passed out drunk the night before e-mails him, says he was "sick" and apologizes for not making it to the final, then asks if he can make it up...
2013-02-14 10:56:21 AM  
4 votes:
math2033.uark.edu
2013-02-14 11:08:13 AM  
2 votes:

DussoJanladde: Dogberry: I'm amazed that that one guy who asks all the stupid questions right at the end of class didn't fark it up for everyone else by showing up for the exam.

Did you read TFA? Everyone sat outside the room, and if one student had gone in to take the exam, all of them would have done the same.


I would've sneaked in through a different door or crawled through a window or something. Just answer like 1 or 2 questions correctly and be done with it. That would've been hilarious.
2013-02-14 11:07:03 AM  
2 votes:

BigNumber12: Good luck trying to apply that one in the real world, kiddos.


You mean the real world of tax loopholes, back room deals and collusion?  Yeah, in reality that shiat works in the real world too.
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-02-14 11:04:12 AM  
2 votes:
Oh man, I would have LOVED to trolled the entire class and taken the test.
2013-02-14 05:31:26 PM  
1 votes:

red5ish: My experience taking classes graded on a curve included students sabotaging other students' lab experiments, books being stolen from the reserve library, pages ripped out or blacked out, cheating on a massive scale, you know, just the sort of behavior you want to encourage.


So, how was Cornell?
2013-02-14 03:22:23 PM  
1 votes:

LemSkroob: Fröhlich added that going forward, he will give students a choice between a final exam and a final project, and that his class for the spring 2013 semester has voted for the latter.


Well, good. Final exams are, first of all, not a reflection on how the real world works, and second of all, just a tool for lazy instructors to just run a scrantron sheet. Reports and projects are often how real world business is conducted. Its taking in facts (given or researched , bringing it together in a formal, unified manner, then either offering solutions to a problem or suggested actions for a future task.

We always complain about 'teaching to the test' and that schools don't prepare students for the real world. This is your answer to that.



Looks like I found the one non-STEM major on Fark.
2013-02-14 11:37:02 AM  
1 votes:

Gerald Tarrant: Call me crazy but I have always felt when marking my students that their mark should be related to how much they know not how much the others in the class do.


What you said.
2013-02-14 11:35:52 AM  
1 votes:

grinding_journalist: FAIL tag beats ASININE?

Andrew Kelly, a student in Fröhlich's Introduction to Programming class who was one of the boycott's key organizers, explained the logic of the students' decision via e-mail: "Handing out 0's to your classmates will not improve your performance in this course," Kelly said.

If I were an employer, I'd be thrilled that this guy allowed his name to be used in the article, because he is so delusional I'd never consider for a moment hiring him.


The guy got dozens of other people to follow him in on a risky proposition - a group which MUST have included people who would have gotten an "A" anyway.  There are plenty of places that WOULD hire him just because of this....
2013-02-14 11:19:11 AM  
1 votes:

Quaker: All they did was screw it up for everyone else in the future.


How? They exposed the same loophole that you're biatching about them using. That's all that changed, it's not like he took away the curve or started requiring everyone to take their tests under armed guard. He just closed that loophole.
2013-02-14 11:19:08 AM  
1 votes:
Trance354:
/I would have walked into the room to take the exam
//would also have been the one who got the 100% and farked their possibility to get a curve
///yes, I'm that guy



Farkied as "thinks he's hot shiat."
2013-02-14 11:17:55 AM  
1 votes:

BigNumber12: Good luck trying to apply that one in the real world, kiddos.


Good thing the "real world" is more than just the workplace and learning how to come together to achieve goals is actually a useful skill.
2013-02-14 11:16:34 AM  
1 votes:

5monkeys: This is ridiculous. It sounds like you had a chance to improve your grade with the curve. If the highest score was an 80 then your grade got bumped up by 20 points. I don't understand the logic in getting everyone to sit out.

/ never graded on a curve.
//am I misunderstanding it?


Because then everyone with a '0' gets their score bumped up by 100 points. Beats an "80' every time.
These kids get credit for thinking outside the box AND getting this thing organized. The prof. gets credit for standing behind what he drew up, flaws and all, and not getting mad. He left a loophole in, and these kids exploited it. Lesson learned.
2013-02-14 11:09:38 AM  
1 votes:
Call me crazy but I have always felt when marking my students that their mark should be related to how much they know not how much the others in the class do.
2013-02-14 11:09:21 AM  
1 votes:

StrangeQ: /would have failed them all if I was the professor


Not if you didn't like being sued for not following the syllabus that you printed and handed out. This was at Johns Hopkins, at least one of those kids would have had the dough to make that hurt.
2013-02-14 11:02:44 AM  
1 votes:
they didn't take the test, so getting an A for the test is illogical: they should have gotten an incomplete, with their scores for the semester either unchanged or lowered due to the lack of the required 100-300 points the final would be composed of.  At the same time, the students are paying for an education, and knowing how to get the best grade is secondary to knowing the material with which you intend to base a career off of.  If those students were to think rationally about their motives, i.e. "How will I proceed in this course of study?  I have an A for this class, but I don't know the material, as I was too busy getting tanked to study, knowing we'd just be sitting outside the classroom."

/I would have walked into the room to take the exam
//would also have been the one who got the 100% and farked their possibility to get a curve
///yes, I'm that guy
2013-02-14 10:59:37 AM  
1 votes:
I'm amazed that that one guy who asks all the stupid questions right at the end of class didn't fark it up for everyone else by showing up for the exam.
 
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