Three-D Issue 21: Grade grubbing

Authors: Allen, S.

Publisher: Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association

At certain times of the academic year, there comes a time of dread. This period of concern:the the obligatory essay hand-back. Students who have pored hours of their time considering the merits of one argument over the other, adding their own pearls of youthful wisdom, wait with baited breath for the grades that indicate they received the high-graded blessing of their academic. The marker and the student are connected by one indicator alone: either the paper meets the criterion or it does not. The anxious eyes of the tortured scholar looks only at the grade. The face turns white. The grade is not what was expected. This must be wrong. It is wrong. The grade needs to be better. This grade must be changed.

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