Monday, August 07, 2017

Unmaking The Grade

Grades are too hard, or something:
The extremely lax testing policy is listed in detail on the syllabus: all tests will be open book and open notes, including the use of a laptop, all tests are designed so that the majority of students can finish in half the allotted time, and students are expected to achieve only “low level mastery of the course material.”

In the event that the lenient testing policy is not generous enough for his students to receive a grade they find acceptable, Watson wrote:

● If you feel unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course, you can email the instructor indicating what grade you think is appropriate, and it will be so changed. No explanation is required, but it is requested that you consider waiting 24 hours before emailing the instructor.

● If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members. Furthermore, you can request to discontinue all further group work and your grade will be based totally on non-group work.
Watson also added on the syllabus that he will not give any negative criticisms of any presentations in class but will communicate those comments privately instead.
It's the new safe space for "stress..."

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