Wednesday, January 5, 2011

All is well that ends well. What about when all is well but does not end well?

All is well that ends well. What about when all is well but does not end well? Like when you are excited, yet surprised, but excited to enroll in one elective course you pick by choice in a semester and enjoy the lectures all along, learn a lot and consequently perform decent on evaluations but end up victim of tough grading? Is that not well because it did not end well? Or is it well because it was great learning?
Let’s simplify and do a weighted-performance-matrix-thing.

Scene A
Scene B
Grade/ Your learning from worlds point of view

In Scene A you have this amazing grade which can be achieved by various ways including fair useless means i.e. route learning etc. and unfair means i.e. cheating, flattering the instructor etc. In Scene B you have learned a lot out of the course but end up with a poor grade*, thus your will be considered one grade lesser in that area by the “world”, when you are actually not. This one poor grade starts the circle which ends at lesser, than could have been, overall GPA passing through lesser semester GPA and lesser grades in later semester because of being discouraged and dishearten. In light of the ‘three-seven rule’, of which we are all (not) aware of, we will not consider the positive effects of the one higher grade(s) that we receive when some course(s) is graded leniently.
By the way this is one very strong point which supports theories on screw-you-grading-system and grades-do-not-reflect-REAL*-intellectual-ability. I wonder what charm instructor’s get in tough grading other than becoming popular or rather notorious as tough grader. With this wondering this pointless article comes to a no-apparent-end end.

* Poor grade: not literally poor, lesser than what you deserved or at least what you think you deserved.
* REAL: more commonly replaced by actual, in ACTUAL literature and ‘other’ stuff.
* three-seven rule: you will tell three people when something good happens and seven when something bad happens. [It’s actually a famous rule in business] 

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