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25% gets you a D, apparently

Okay, so I'm all for putting a difficult test or quiz on a grading curve if students do bad on it, but recently my Chemistry professor gave us a quiz that was curved so much that 25% would earn students a passing grade. I think that the grade for a C started somewhere in the 40s or 50s. Maybe this would have been acceptable had the quiz been incredibly difficult, but the quizzes in that class aren't really particularly challenging. There's a multiple choice section which counts for half of the quiz grade, where there's really no excuse for getting more than half of them wrong if you so much as gloss over the material while drunk. Then there's free response questions which are almost identical to ones we've already done in class. If we're going to be using a grading system, I think that our standards should be a little higher than just handing out a passing grade for taking the quiz. :| The rest of our quizzes are curved similarly, though not as extreme as this one. He basically sets it so that the lowest grade in the class is the bar for a D.

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RE: 25% gets you a D, apparently

Im against curves.(unless it is on women. Women with curves I have nothing all)

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RE: 25% gets you a D, apparently

(11-05-2013 04:48 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Im against curves.(unless it is on women. Women with curves I have nothing all)

Not even your body?

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
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RE: 25% gets you a D, apparently

I don't remember how curved it was, but I ALMOST had to go to summer school after my junior year because of motherfucking geometry. I did great my first semester, but the second semester I got too distracted by those god damned laptops we had and the teacher didn't really stop me, I would put it up every now and then and try to pay attention at least. So when it came time for the final, I got a 60% which was just enough to get me a D which let me pass that class and move onto senior year where I failed my first semester of Algebra 2 because of my dumbass math teacher who was also a basketball coach and demanded I respect him when he talked down to me and accused me of sleeping when I was clearly awake...he did put me to sleep every day though, and said that he would kick us out for sleeping (I only got a total of 1 detention, possibly 1 or 2 in school suspensions though, can't remember) and I was the second closest person to his desk and was able to hear his extremely monotone voice with ease (seriously, even people that the president consider monotone wouuld yell at this guy for being too monotone) and so I eventually failed that class and took a semester 1 retake class which I passed pretty easily, at one point it was the only class that I had an A in and that kind of surprised me.

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