Thursday, April 9, 2020

Princeton University Paper Suggests "Pass-Fail" Grade System

                As someone once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The editorial board of The Daily Princetonian apparently agrees wholeheartedly, as it is urging the school to switch to a pass/fail grading system for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic-driven online-only class schedule. The board opined that the alternative grading system would “limit inequities, as well as the harms faced by the least-advantaged among us.” Well, it would certainly limit inequities between those who study diligently and those who don’t.
                The paper Tigers admitted that such a grading system might “deny many students a valuable chance to lift their GPAs” and would not “sufficiently reward their diligent work from the first half of this semester.” They concluded, however, that “whatever negative effects result” from the proposed pass/fail policy “will be washed out by a shared understanding of this crisis’ unprecedented scale and severity.” Too bad if your hard work and 4.0 grade point average are washed out, but at least you will have a shared understanding of the scale and severity of the politicized pandemic. And of Socialism, for that matter.
                Other Ivy League student groups have suggested that colleges provide free beer and marijuana, complete with home delivery, to their students in an effort to relieve stress caused by the pandemic and virtual coursework.
                Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that his plan would include giving every student $10,000 and an ‘A,’ and would also include nationalizing marijuana production.

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