Why Professors Inflate Grades

REBECCA SCHUMAN ON WHY PROFESSORS INFLATE GRADES: “If I graded truly fairly—as in, a C means actual average work—the ‘customers’ would do their level best to ruin my life. Granted, there exist professors whose will to power out-powers grade-gripers. There are stalwarts who remain impervious to students’ tenacious complaints, which can be so single-minded that one wonders what would happen if they had applied one-fifteenth of that focus to their coursework. I admire and cherish those professors, but I am not one of them.”  This is a real problem for college choir faculty as many students assume that choir ensembles (and sometimes even voice lessons) should earn an A as long as they show up.  And, to be honest, I don’t know of any choir directors who grade on a curve–D’s and F’s are rare.  After all, we’re trying to get as many students as we can.  What should we do about grade inflation?


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