I’ve been blogging over the past week about how some students in my inquiry course are unhappy about my capstone-for-an-A grading policy. Here are what some students had to say in the anonymous feedback I asked for:
“I know there are some people who aren’t as invested in science as I am and are now settling to make a B simply because they’re not passionate about discovering something new, or don’t enjoy science. I feel that, in a way, it’s like punishing those who don’t like science, even if they put forth their best effort”
“I’m worried that I can’t get an A in this class, and I’m an A student. It irks me that if I try my best, I’ll still just get a B”
“I find the grading policy system extremely frustrating, because why try? You won’t get an A unless you do a paper… I’m so frustrated, I am willing to just settle for the B.”
“I’m worried that I can’t get in A in this course without sacrificing A’s in the my five other courses”
“I don’t understand how you can say a 100% is the same as 83%. 100% should be an A no matter what“
Emphasis is added throughout.
Mindset is a really interesting issue here. The effects of a schooled culture is a interesting issue. The real and perceived importance of grades is an interesting issue.