Since I will be Grading Tests Next Week…

Posted: February 12, 2008 in education, humor, laugh

PHD comics

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Frustration, joy, anger, despair, here I come!  All are essential parts of the ups and downs of the grading process.

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  1. Neil says:

    I tutored accounting in college once. At down times I was supposed to grade papers. I hated it a lot and did not do a very good job at it. I remember writing something along the lines of this a few times: “This is really wrong. Go see your professor.” Oddly, he stopped sending me papers to grade.

  2. Have fun with that. :p

    Some professors grade the exams one way, then grade the other way, then start from the middle and work out to prevent any such problems.

    ROFL to Neil. 🙂 (TT, don’t you know a “Comment of the Week” submission?)

  3. John,

    As a proffesor of history I’ve been meaning to ask you –

    Could you do a post/blog on whether or not winners write history? How do you respond to something like that?

    Do winners write history? Does this statement imply that history is not true? [this would be a good question for this test]

    Edgar.

  4. Thanks for giving me a good topic Sanchez. Simple answer: that statement is the equivalent of a leftist tautology- it explains nothing and everything all at once. People write history, and those people have multiple identities (i.e. white, upper-class, liberal, etc.) and competing interests.

    While one can say that the German were the losers in World War I, how does one say if a particular history represents the losers or the winners? Some of the most vehement critiques of Hitler are German born historians. By what standard are they classified as winners?

    Bottom line, you can write a history that is for or against a particular group, but it must ultimately be judged on its merits. These kind of classifications of winners and losers only serve as ideological shortcuts for the lazy intellectual who doesn’t want to weigh the evidence presented and instead would rather reject something out of hand for its “obvious” bias.

    But I have much more to say on the subject…

  5. I should add that the adage that “history is written by the winners,” does have at least one useful application. That usefulness derives from a simple recognition that members of the group in power *sometimes/often* see fit to exclude or devalue certain groups (think of early American histories and their treatment of Indians and slaves) from the national narrative. The fields history that have developed to recapture the history of these groups are useful and beneficial to sculpting a more complete historical account.

    However, once again that should be taken with the caveat that histories cannot be rejected out of hand simply because of their date, author, etc.

  6. Thanks for the write up John.

    I like the way you put it here:

    These kind of classifications of winners and losers only serve as ideological shortcuts for the lazy intellectual who doesn’t want to weigh the evidence presented and instead would rather reject something out of hand for its “obvious” bias.

    Well put.

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