What is your idea of truly "fair" grading? Very short essay concerning college grades.

Essay by Denni541College, Undergraduate March 2003

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A few terms ago, I was in a course with an unnamed

instructor, when he informed our entire class that most

instructors at xxx are very lax when grading. He said, and

this is a true story, that if the students deserve a "C,"

they are given a "B," if the student deserves a "B," they

are given an "A." His casual remark made me sick. I still

don't know if he was being candid or crazy. He did

sometimes act a little off. Regardless, I've haven't seen

this instructor around the campus for some time. But his

comments caused me to think over the different aspects

of "fair" grading.

The coolest instructor I've had at xxx is an art teacher.

Her idea is that the student is allowed to work at her or

his own pace and as long as the student submits something

in the direction (judged at her discretion), of the

assignment, she will overlook "late" grade markdowns and

all will be well.

But I should add, that the student who

has the delayed work feels really awful that their project

is so undone during presentations, which is very important

in her class, so much that the students are graded on

presentation of their projects. This instructor also

becomes increasingly demanding as the students progress

through her courses of study.

After all, writing is a true art.

It is actually hilarious to think of "fair" grading in a

web class. There must truly be fifty ways to cheat in a web

class! Students can manage various ways of cheating on

quizzes and all they really need is a credit card to buy a

report. They are very convenient, too! The online web

selling sites are practically next door to the web class!...