Re: force

Gretchen Rich (grich@HU1.HURON.EDU)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 12:12:40 -0500

On Tue, 20 Aug 1996, Steve Finley wrote:

> But Maureen Fitzpatrick's three examples of why grading can be
> harmful really are illustrations of why students' ATTITUDES toward
> grades can be harmful. I guess that's my complaint--that all this
> talk about the nefarious effects of grading ignores the fact that
> grades themselves are just grades, as if the only real solution is to
> get rid of them altogether because people can't help their attitudes
> toward grades.
> s finley
Wouldn't it be fine if Socrates could sit down with us and use his
special question/answer technique? He managed to show everyone who
listened how very lacking they were--and how much they needed to learn.
I do think he went a bit far with the sarcasm, however. Making the kind
of enemies he did can be hazardous to one's health. Unless of course
hemlock is a perferred draught.