Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The students will just make more whine 

I guess I should read the StarTribune. The silent Northern Ally Eloise points out that Princeton has approved the grade distribution plan that I discussed earlier here and at Liberty and Power. My fear is that when you state percentages in this way, the maximum becomes a minimum. A professor of an intermediate microeconomics course -- typically the hardest course in the undergraduate major -- told me of his students telling him after a test that the professor "would of course have to curve" the grades. He declined, and "remarkably" grades on the next exam improved.