Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I share Shepard's anger about the popular "labor theory of value" used to justify higher grades. Let's always remember, however, that the root of the problem lies elsewhere. The administrators have repeatedly proven to the main force behind grade inflation on campus. Their motivations are far more insidious than those of the students. The students just want good grades but the administrators want to dumb down standards as a means to increase their power and budgets, via a higher student body count.Stiglerism: A student comes to Professor Stigler to complain about receiving an 'F' in the class, that he didn't deserve it. Stigler replies that he agrees the student didn't deserve an 'F' ... but that is the lowest grade allowed under university policy.
My grade sheets are now all computerized with web access, alas..