Columbia University Promotes Letting Students Grade Themselves
Fresh on the heels of UC Berkeley saying they cannot trust kids to grade teachers, comes an even sillier Columbia idea.
According to a Columbia University PowerPoint presentation Trusting Students to Assess Themselves, inclusive grading starts by “trusting students to assess themselves.”
I picked that link up from Columbia University Seminar to Promote ‘Inclusive Grading’.
Rationale for Self-Grading
Teachers don’t know how to grade or don’t want to take the time.
Not to worry. Columbia university will ask students to sign a pledge card so they won’t cheat. That’s sure to fix everything.
86% of Students Like It
“It was nice to know your grade right away and not torture yourself over a bad exam for a whole weekend.”
Start by Trusting Students
Yes, Let’s Trust Student Evaluations Except ….
Two days ago I noted The University of California, Berkeley is very unhappy with how students grade teachers.
A Berkeley professor wants to nix student evaluations of teachers because students are biased.
“I Know the Students are Biased”
Over the next few weeks, students will get the chance to evaluate their professors and TAs. They’re going to get it wrong. They’ll be harder on women and people of color than on white men. Tenured white male faculty, in particular, should help their students understand this. 1/8
— Brian DeLay (@BrianDeLay) November 25, 2018
There you have it. Let’s not ask students to rank teachers because “I, Brian DeLay, know the students will get it wrong.“
It is the height of arrogance for DeLay to tell students that he knows they are biased and wrong.
Ironically, we are supposed to believe students will display bias when grading teachers but the students will have absolutely no bias when grading themselves.