Re: grades

Darlene Sybert (c557506@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 22:16:35 -0500

On Thu, 22 Aug 1996, Linda Driskill wrote:
> Although grades may be odious to some of us, students rely on them to
> decide whether to drop courses and at our university a professor who does
> not give students reasonable feedback about how they are doing in the
> course before the drop deadline is considered to be negligent. Indeed, one
> young woman threatened to sue because a professor had chosen not to give
> grades and she had not dropped a course in which she was a making a grade
> that would not help her get into medical school. This is a somewhat
> different twist on the usual positions attributed to students.

And the only question any of my students had this morning about grades
was whether I was going to give pluses and minuses. I said I hadn't
planned on it...and they said, good!>

Darlene Sybert
University of Missouri at Columbia (English)
...I felt like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific--and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise__
Silent, upon a peak in Darien. -Jn Keats