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Should I Feel Guilty for Failing My Students?

By Professor X

Colleges employ instructors not just for their expertise but for their willingness to administer grades, which is by far the most gut-wrenching and distasteful aspect of the job. Grading student work, like writing parking tickets or leveling property tax assessments, is not employment for the tenderhearted. In my work as an adjunct English professor at a small private college and a local community college, I fail plenty of people, but it’s a struggle.

There is something in the human psyche that shrinks at sitting in judgment of another’s efforts. I suspect that grading has been a sore point for teachers since Ichabod Crane hit the tenure track. To hand out grades with complete objectivity, to adhere to however well-considered a rubric, to give the students exactly what their assignments deserve is a daunting task. Without constant vigilance on the part of the instructor, grades will tend to rise.

Continued at: http://www.salon.com/life/education/?story=/mwt/feature/2011/03/26/ivory_tower_excerpt

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