death by paper cut

{May 8, 2007}   the bell curse

unless the grade i obtain lies within the top band (in the bell curve), it signals that i-can-do-better.

actually, that’s not true, especially if the nature of my assignment is not clear cut i.e. not multiple-choice-questions and the like.

because grades are distributed in relation to each piece of work, it means that i do well because someone else did worse.

the use of such grading smacks of the very western concept of how genius is defined. talent and ingenuity are perceived to be a rare feature and therefore should be reserved only for the chosen few.

this was something that i gleamed from research on a previous essay topic on the aboriginal art market. the predominantly white art market reserves and celebrates the master position only for a few and relegates the rest to mediocrity which is problematised in that art market itself because abstract (aboriginal) works are… abstract.

in terms of less abstract academic work, i believe that its not so subjective. all assessors have a certain rubric for scoring, which is well and good.

it is the moderation after the absolute score is obtained that annoys me to bits.

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