By Mark Heintz
I have been asking a few questions lately. Do we believe all students can learn the course objectives? Many people and myself included respond to that question, if the students are placed correctly. So my next question is, if all students are placed correctly shouldn’t they all get an A’s? If we want all students to know our content and master our skills, then shouldn’t all students get A’s? Can a student pass my class if they don’t know ALL the content and master ALL the skills?
Do students only not get A’s because they are lazy or improperly placed? Is it a problem if all students get an A? Have I set up my course so only hard workers or the incredibly bright get A’s?
How does a student progress at a normal rate? What is a normal rate? If you don’t know the normal pacing at a standard, then if you inflate grades to move along a student, then is it a disservice to the students? Does the grade become what I do or what the student can do? Then, what does a grade represent? Should grades exist? Or should we just report on the standard?
If you feel like you just want to back out of these line of questioning, here is an entertaining video for you.