“suggesting the method inspires students and creates equity”
Some schools are determined to make higher education irrelevant in the name of equity.
Campus Reform reports:
University writing instructors are no longer grading students’ writing
According to Milanese and Kordonowy in a recent column, out of 100 instructors in the Boston University program, “nearly half employed contract grading in some form this semester.”
Milanese and Kordonowy, a master lecturer and senior lecture, respectively, say they still comment on students’ writing, although, they “…no longer place a letter or number on anything they write. No As and Bs. No 82s or 94s.”
The pair refer to their technique as “contract grading,” which “typically involves minimum expectations for students to earn a final course grade.”
The explanation goes on to suggest, “These expectations are unrelated to performance: Attend class and participate, meet due dates, fulfill the criteria of every assignment, make substantive revisions and so on.”
Alternative grading methods have become increasingly popular in higher education, including labor and competency-based grades.
Boston University professors Milanese and Kordonowy defend the “ungrading” movement and labor-based grading by suggesting the method inspires students and creates equity.
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