The Grade Aligning Insanity Is Spreading
Is this in stock for all of us? Look what College Misery published today:
As this semester ended, we were deluged with emails – and one video from our chair – about the need to better “align our grades” to those of the majority of our colleagues. All sorts of plans are in progress for the coming fall; a portfolio from each faculty member must be submitted. Final grades should fit inside an approved “distribution bell,” and our T&P portfolio will now have one additional requirement – a report on the aligning of our grades to the departmental norms.
In the comments to the post, you can see that many people have the same experience at their departments. And there are a few sheep who even believe this is a good policy.
If we all presented a united front and resisted, no administrator would be able to humiliate us in this way. We are all to blame for humoring the bureaucrats, for agreeing to drown in mountains of paperwork, for allowing ourselves be treated like crap. In coming up with these policies, the administrators, at least, defend their own interests, their right to humongous salaries and the best offices on campus, their power. We, the actual educators, are a lot more stupid because we keep letting them spit on us and even come up with convoluted explanations of why it is perfectly acceptable for the administrators to do so.