Lowering Academic Expectations
When I attended school, and I attended more than most; five primary schools and four highschools, all of them private except for one, and one-half to one-quarter of a year in two of the nine total; the academic expectations of the schools were set high. When report cards were issued, if I had been performing my studies lackidaisically, the teachers, without fail, would berate my performance in their comments to my parents. They knew I could academically perform better and were not apt to let me skate.
There was no grading on a curve, when I attended school, and if I received a poor grade, it was my fault. A student either knew the material being studied, or did not. Today, though, grading on a curve is the norm, dumbing down everyone, even though the grades reflect knowledge.
What happens today if a teacher or professor sets high academic standards (principles), refuses to grade on a curve, and students’ grades reflect this? Why, such a teacher or professor is removed from the class, and the alleged higher education academic institution raises all the students grades.
Dominique G. Homberger won’t apologize for setting high expectations for her students.
The biology professor at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge gives brief quizzes at the beginning of every class, to assure attendance and to make sure students are doing the reading. On her tests, she doesn’t use a curve, as she believes that students must achieve mastery of the subject matter, not just achieve more mastery than the worst students in the course. For multiple choice questions, she gives 10 possible answers, not the expected 4, as she doesn’t want students to get very far with guessing.
Students in introductory biology don’t need to worry about meeting her standards anymore. LSU removed her from teaching, mid-semester, and raised the grades of students in the class.
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge ought to be stripped of their academic accreditations, Professor Dominique G. Homberger should receive an award for academic excellence, and be recruited by an academic institution that still has high standards. If there is such a thing today.
Via Fred Lapides.