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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THIS IS INSANITY – OVERNIGHT:  It will destroy the very students it presumably is designed to help.  From Campus Reform:   At Boston University, students are no longer graded on their writing, as Marisa Milanese and Gwen Kordonowy explain in a recent article on the school's writing program's “‘ungrading’ movement.”   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 lecturer, 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.”  I'd love to know where these students will be in ten years.  Probably functionally illiterate.  The ability to communicate in written and spoken English is a much-demanded skill both nationally and internationally.  The world is not buying what these two "teachers" are selling.  And that's economic death.

January 30, 2022