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Since posting yesterday, my Facebook post about the same (heavily redacted for public consumption though it was), has generated no less than five people instant messaging me about the exam. Most of them wanted first to know how I knew what I'd messed up (privilege of having anticipated failure, I suppose) because they were in the dark. All they knew was they failed. To a one, they are all incredibly upset and frustrated and wanted to vent. I let them and sewed the seeds of discontent a bit by promising them they are not alone nor did they deserve to fail. It seems that I was a tad pessimistic yesterday about the class rolling over and taking this. Most of them still will, but I have about five people ready to go with me to fight this if I can get any traction.

I contacted the supervisor/director of the course to ask to speak with her before I re-take the exam. I'm probably shooting myself in the foot but it's the only time she was free. I need to tell her that her requirements are unacceptable. I plan to couch it as "if your goal is to educate your students and encourage them to learn and love the subject to which you have devoted yourself, I hate to tell you, but you are failing." And explain in unemotional language why failing someone the way she is doing doesn't help people get better. It just tells them that failing for minor things means that they are indistinguishable, in her eyes, from someone who fails through willful indifference, careless, or plain dangerous behavior. By all means, give them a C if they're barely passing, but do not give them an F when they're 90% but not 100%. That makes no sense.

I also contacted the woman in the student affairs office and am obtaining information about meeting with our academic liaison. I am worried because I'm pretty sure this is the woman who called us all cheaters last year, but not too worried because I'll go to the Dean around her if I have to. The student affairs lady said it would be more effective if the class were behind me. It would be. I don't cherish any hopes that that will happen. Today is the second and last day of these exams. We'll see how the responses are on the second day. Maybe there's hope for a revolution after all.

Date: 2014-05-13 08:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] viridian.livejournal.com
The more I am hearing about people's ridiculous experiences with schools, the less I want to go back to one. This is truly ridiculous, and unfortunately you have to depend on these people seeing reason, which doesn't look likely.

A friend of mine just graduated with a degree she did not intend to major in, but was told at the last minute that she'd been advised incorrectly, had been listed as a music performance major instead of a music ed major, and there was no way she could do anything about it short of staying another year, for which she couldn't get financial aid or any kind of reimbursement for the incorrectly-taken classes. And now she's screwed out of a job in music ed because she isn't certified to teach.

I am so angry on her behalf that I want to go burn the school to the ground, because this is life-ruining shit. I don't know how much your GPA in a class that isn't the thing you want to specialize in is going to ruin your career, but it's ridiculous that it should affect your GPA so harshly when by the grading standards they set, you got MOST THINGS RIGHT.

Date: 2014-05-13 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trinityvixen.livejournal.com
God, that is awful. Your poor friend. That's a totally different sort of bullshit and it is still TOTALLY BULLSHIT. It completely rewrites HER LIFE. Jesus.

Yeah, I talked to one girl today who got 113/114 things right and still failed. Like, what? And speaking with the course director went the exact opposite of well, so now I'm trying to make an appointment with the Dean. HOW IS THIS MY LIFE? I NEVER EVER SPEAK UP TO TEACHERS!!!

Date: 2014-05-14 03:24 am (UTC)
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Right??? It's ridiculous on a level that ought to have some legal recourse, because she spent thousands of dollars under the apparently false impression that she was working toward degree X, and what they gave her was degree Y. Someone should be on the hook for that money so that she could do another year and take the correct courses for the degree she intended to earn, but I doubt she'd have an actual case even if she could afford a lawyer. It's horrible and I get angry every time I think about it. Colleges can take unreasonable amounts of our money and shit all over us in return, and there isn't any recourse whatsoever when they do things incorrectly.

I do not understand how anyone at all is passing this test. If that many people are failing while getting most everything correct, shouldn't it be clear to the administration that there is a problem? Is this one of those stupid things designed to discourage people into quitting??? The fuck???

Date: 2014-05-14 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trinityvixen.livejournal.com
The professor is mostly a clinician and her goal is to have students know how to do things on rotations in another year in a way that the clinicians trust you know what you're doing. I understand the need to make people show they can do every step. I just don't understand the need to fail people who do not do every step under some arbitrary time constraint. Give them the grade their work deserved and absolutely require them to come back and correct anything they didn't do right the first time.

But failing them for not getting every step perfect just lumps someone who didn't pick a hoof perfectly in with someone who scared the horse or did something that could have gotten them or the horse killed. It tells students that there's no point in working hard, since you'll just have to do it again over and you're going to get a C no matter how hard you prepared.

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