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Confession of an Ivy League TA – grade inflation

December 13, 2013

Confession of an Ivy League TA – grade inflation

Today’s article is a bit less serious, but it still reflects an issue I definitely noticed when I was a grad student – the idea of grade inflation, driven largely by a desire by the overworked grad student to avoid drama.  I definitely ran into the same thing, and actually got some pretty vitriolic, hateful student evaluations when I was a tough-but-fair grader.  At an elite school like Harvard, which is probably going to have a higher fraction of rich, entitled students, I shudder to think at how much crap you’d have to deal with if you gave a low grade to the wrong student.  No wonder the median grades are so high.

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