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  •  MATH problems? (2+ / 0-)
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    Arctic Belle, chimene

    How do you grade math problems more harshly for one group than others?

    135+278=413, saying otherwise is the wrong answer. If you get the answers wrong, then they're wrong. Did the teacher in question write obscene notes on girls who did poorly?

    •  In high school and college mathematics (12+ / 0-)

      Rigorous proof and/or carefully showing steps are what many points are awarded for. Just writing down the correct answer, in fact, often earns no credit. There can be multiple valid ways to prove something, or solve a problem, and teachers, when working quickly, sometimes mark off for correct methods that aren't used by most students.

      Even in the lower grades, some math problems are based on critical thinking, and there is sometimes no "best" answer.

    •  Here's how you can get graded more harshly... (9+ / 0-)

      In third grade, the only male teacher in my very small country school, returned my math paper saying all my answers were wrong.  I didn't believe that to be true, so I rechecked them.  I found most were correct and explained that to the teacher.  

      He said angrily, "don't contradict me," and proceeded to slap me across the face - back and forth - several times.  I kept my head held high and silently returned to my seat.  Later he said, well, he had "sampled" my answers and found one or two wrong, so he just assumed the rest were too.

      I've often thought back on how that early experience impacted me during my school years and later in life.  I believe it has made me a more passionate striver against all manner of injustice.  It certainly has enabled me to recognize, almost immediately, the type of disparate, demoralizing treatment that you observed the presenter giving to the young girl.  

    •  The higher up you go in math (5+ / 0-)
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      qofdisks, shiobe, chimene, madhaus, nomandates

      ... method takes on just as much importance as final answer.

      Self-described political "centrists" believe the best policy is halfway between right and wrong. — @RBReich via web

      by BentLiberal on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:01:18 PM PST

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    •  Do you recall math class past arithmetic? (6+ / 0-)

      Even in algebra, it's common to get partial credit if you show your work and got most of the way to the answer, but went astray. It's also common to not give full credit if work isn't shown even if the answer is right.

      •  It goes even further (2+ / 0-)
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        chimene, nomandates

        When I took Calculus, the answers to the problems were in the back of the book. They allowed us to see if after the the long time we spent on a problem, whether we had obtained the right answer or not.  

        Self-described political "centrists" believe the best policy is halfway between right and wrong. — @RBReich via web

        by BentLiberal on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:15:35 PM PST

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