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"very well written"

so we all know i'm quite a pessimist, but, when i said that philosophical analysis was probably the worst thing i'd ever written, i honestly meant it.

i got 33.5 points out of 35 for a paper i didn't even feel met the stated requirements of the assignment. plus, it was full of typographical errors!

how am i supposed to have faith in an education system that praises my worst work?!

the worst part, though, is imagining the trash that my classmates probably turned in and for which they all, no doubt, received passing grades.

it's terriby difficult to get motivated about doing well in school when it obviously doesn't matter at all to anyone involved, except me.

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san_yo
Aug. 10th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
why not teach and inform more? don't hold back about it. who knows, maybe someone will thank you for it. it's what you want in the end anyways, isn't it?

you can do it.
drruppel
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
That's why I always hated english classes in college. Everything is graded subjectively. Even if certain criteria are met, your grade is left to random chance.
juniper_praska
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Gods, yeah. The low standards killed my work ethic in college. I remember getting an A+ on a paper for for which I'd forgotten to finish the bibliography -- it had entries like 'Source 4: that book I had to return to the library but will check on later.' It would have actually been nice to be called on the bullshit.
shakewell
Aug. 11th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Source 4: that book I had to return to the library but will check on later
damn. that's pretty bad.

mdelamer
Aug. 11th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
here's to grade inflation
we have the same problem at wellesley
badrew
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
if you're that worried about it, don't write papers that you think are crap

hold yourself to a higher standard
shakewell
Aug. 13th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
i write C papers because i'm ok with getting just a C. i feel really bad for the people who put serious time and effort into A papers only to get a point or two more than me.

obviously, my motivation is completely6 extrinsic and i can find no reason to work any harder for the same grade.
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