Columbia University Promotes Letting Students Grade Themselves

Fresh on the heels of UC Berkeley saying they cannot trust kids to grade teachers, comes an even sillier Columbia idea.

According to a Columbia University PowerPoint presentation Trusting Students to Assess Themselves, inclusive grading starts by “trusting students to assess themselves.”

I picked that link up from Columbia University Seminar to Promote ‘Inclusive Grading’.

Rationale for Self-Grading

Teachers don't know how to grade or don't want to take the time.

Honor Code

Not to worry. Columbia university will ask students to sign a pledge card so they won't cheat. That's sure to fix everything.​

86% of Students Like It

"It was nice to know your grade right away and not torture yourself over a bad exam for a whole weekend.”

Start by Trusting Students

Yes, Let's Trust Student Evaluations Except ....

Two days ago I noted The University of California, Berkeley is very unhappy with how students grade teachers.

Students Say They Prefer White Male Professors: We Cannot Allow That, Can We?

A Berkeley professor wants to nix student evaluations of teachers because students are biased.

"I Know the Students are Biased"

There you have it. Let's not ask students to rank teachers because "I, Brian DeLay, know the students will get it wrong."

It is the height of arrogance for DeLay to tell students that he knows they are biased and wrong.

Ironically, we are supposed to believe students will display bias when grading teachers but the students will have absolutely no bias when grading themselves.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (23)
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gregggg
gregggg

Did you ever doubt where this, "Everybody gets a trophy", thing was going?

chongcheech
chongcheech

Can you make all C's and still be called doctor? If so...I give myself a C

pi314
pi314

I will be the first to give myself a promotion at the workplace! LOL.

2banana
2banana

It is all about affirmative action and diversity.

Letting in and providing amazing scholarships to people based on the color of their skin and not thier intellectual ability leads to significant problems down the line.

Such as much higher drop out rates because they are not ready nor equipped to compete with those who didn't win a pigment lottery.

The obvious solution? Get rid of objective grading.

Why doesn't the left care about diversity in the NBA?

Stuki
Stuki

Every day is a good day to be an idiot, in Idiotopia.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Let's see how many of these Columbia graduates are offered jobs in the private sector. Companies will not take the extra time to do a professor's job of basic skill assessment.

Jonnyboy
Jonnyboy

Gawd I'm wrapping up on a course with final exam coming up. Pouring hours upon hours to make sure I pass with a B as required for graduation. If I could grade myself I'd cut the losses days ago, be content knowing the basics, and give myself that B.

I don't know the details but the policy sure sounds like a joke!

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

"We pretend to learn and they pretend to give us a degree."

RonJ
RonJ

Indoctrination, not education. That is what universities are for these days.

Inclusive is group think. Einstein would have been an outcast.

anonymouse
anonymouse

Americans you're all the same: always trying to encapsulate everything in a number.

KidHorn
KidHorn

This would work out great for those who want a government job. There's no better skill for a government employee than appearing to be working hard,

astroboy
astroboy

I've been teaching college for 20 years now. If it was up to me grades would be High Pass (for the 10% who really stand out), Pass, and Fail. My dean insists I give grades of A, A-, B+,B,B-, etc, as if I, or anyone else, could devise exams that could measure student performance that accurately..... Having student grade themselves is not all that much more stupid.

WildBull
WildBull

I'm waiting for self-declared pay raises at work. I know that I'm WAYYYY underpaid!

Aiden88
Aiden88

really

Alberton
Alberton

If I could grade myself, I would never have to use writing services which would be great because I spend a decent amount of money buying papers. Anyway, I for me it's more convenient to spend some money that wasting a ton of time doing a task which is absolutely not interesting to me. By the way, if you don't know much about writing services, I realy advise you to check this out to get familiar with the concept.

DavidLopez
DavidLopez

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