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  •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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    Melanie in IA, eyesoars

    Is that a common practice in your discipline (having some sort of curve mandated from above)?  I've never heard of such a thing in all my years of teaching biology.  I've taught at (counting on my fingers) six different institutions since getting my PhD and the distribution of grades in my classes has always been completely up to me.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 04:34:37 PM PDT

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    •  I have no idea (1+ / 0-)
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      matching mole

      if it's common or not. I think the intent is to reduce grade inflation, preventing the situation that all the students get As and Bs. It doesn't change things substantially from when I taught at a different institution years ago and didn't have that kind of structure. I still had C and D students, and I do now.

      •  so (0+ / 0-)

        I was correct, kids cannot do well if they just imply themselves, they also have to compete.  Competing for grades is just stupid in my book.

        There is nothing wrong with a class of good students all getting A's and B's if all the kids understand the subject, this competition stuff is ridiculous as is curves.


        Bad is never good until worse happens

        by dark daze on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 12:22:22 PM PDT

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