Skip to comments.More Video of Students Reacting to Petition Calling for Redistribution of GPAs
Posted on 04/18/2011 11:27:42 PM PDT by oliverdarcy
Earlier in the week, I posted a video of reactions from students when asking them to sign a petition calling for the redistribution of GPAs.
I thought I would also upload some of the raw, unedited conversations I had with the students and post them here for you guys to see. Enjoy.
Original Video - http://youtu.be/lOyaJ2UI7Ss
Raw Clip 1 - http://youtu.be/vE600I1Js78
Raw Clip 2 - http://youtu.be/dLTh7EI6rzg
Raw Clip 3 - http://youtu.be/1iW5b2li1Yw
In my classes (How to use M$ Office), if you just do your homework on time, you are pretty much guaranteed a B. However, just a few students do their homework at all, much less get it in on time.
But let’s see them gnash their teeth when they suggest getting rid of grading on the curve.
“This drive me up a wall FR postings using acronyms without at least once translating their meaning. That even incluse (includes) GPA.”
“I recently read a guide for professional writing. It stated that common acronyms, likely to be understood by a majority of the intended audience, do not need to be spelled out. I believe “GPA” would fit the definition of a “common acronym” since most of us have attended school at some point. That’s the criteria editors use.”
GPA. That acronym is not like USA, or IRS, which in the US particularly is universally understood. If your addressing students, and workers in education that would be the case but the audience of this publication has a much broader base.
I found the criticism of my comments shallow and dissapointing including one “cute” reply who because there was a typo sufficeint to imply the author was “drunk” ,,,sorry not during lent.
In fact I wonder if reaction to this presenation could be understood by foreign readers without explaining what GPA is and how it works.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind...
Satan/the left knew what he/they were doing when they banned God from schools.
Conservative kids need to be taught to fake out liberal “educators” in order to get their grades and their diploma. It’s pretty easy, with a properly educated and trained child, for them to write/present from the viewpoint that the teacher demands, without believing it.
I bet you could get a majority vote in favor, however, if you said that only those grade points above 3.25 would be redistributed to those with less than 2.75...
The '60s Marxists have done a fantastic job in destroying education at every level in this country.
the audio is terrible, can’t hear clearly. too much wind noise.
Sorry, one of my friends that was recording could not hold the camera still for some reason. That is why a few of the clips are incredibly shaky, while the others are much better.
bump for later. Thanks.
No worries there Oliver. You’re on the right track. Just constructive criticism to help you make your point in a more powerful way.
I record a lot of video in acedemic settings. Even if you don’t go the steadicam route, I would suggest you purchase a pocket recorder or use a dictation app on your phone when speaking with your subjects. You can synch the audio with your video in post production.
Great stuff!! Keep it up.
i took math and compsci. most would just show up and collect their 3.25. it is ‘tougher’ as it’s not subjective and you have to actually get the information right, as there is a right and wrong. this, of course, is unlike all the subjective material the libs will grade with a progressive crayon
I recently asked my friend’s little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?’ She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’Her parents beamed.
‘Wow...what a worthy goal.’ I told her, ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.’
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ‘Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?’
I said, ‘Welcome to the Republican Party.’ Her parents still aren’t speaking to me
GPA - Grade Point Average, in this context. However, according to a search of the acronym finder (http://www.acronymfinder.com/), there are over 250 other possible meanings to GPA.
“achieving a 3.25 or better is not very difficult in most universities.”
Unfortunately, that is true, operative word being “most.” A true test of the value of a degree from any given college is to see how many recruiters show up on campus. If the school is known to graduate well educated, intelligent students, the recruiters will be there en masse. They know to avoid the diploma mills.
The 3.25 you describe is easy for liberal arts majors in postmodern deconstructionism. Not the case in engineering. You can’t fake it in engineering. Of course there were the non engineering courses, where the sociology prof was an admitted limousine liberal, the economics prof worshipped FDR, and another prof was a card carrying commie (and being in Air Force ROTC, had to report the contact under AFR 205-57).
You also have to know how to say those big long words--and say them so they sound natural to you!
Foreign readers are a whole different challenge. If they do not speak English as a first language, they may not understand "USA"; I doubt many foreigners, unless they are very aware of American government, would know what "IRS" (or even "Internal Revenue Service") is. Spelling out "grade point average" might not mean much to foreigners; our system of grading A-F is certainly not universal. In many instances, the words alone do not convey the meaning unless one also has a good understanding of the culture.
It’s nice to see those little babies confused with logic.
You're just being silly. You obviously have the talent, skills and time to type GPA into Bing or google, instead of moaning about it on a thread.
You can’t imagine what goes on in many colleges today. It is very easy to graduate with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. It usually requires that you show up for class but few professors take attendance. There aren’t any quizzes and the final exam has been replaced by a paper that can be downloaded from the net.
If you think that goes on only in diploma mills you are wrong. It happens in many colleges, especially the private ones. Mom and dad are paying 40k to send darling offspring to a college with name recognition. Their lawyers are on the phone if darling offspring gets any grade lower than a B.
Ping to real life lessons that liberals don’t get.
My hat's off to this effort.
We need an army of more folks like the UC Merced College Republicans!
Hey, I'm doing my part - I homeschool.
Gee, are the yutes saying they aren’t rich so they don’t care if the fed gov takes rich peoples’ money but they do have high GPAs and you can’t have their high GPAs because you didn’t earn it?
You made some of them think anyway.
Um yah. The engineering school I went to pretty well required you to have *no life* to maintain a B average. For an A, you had to relinquish a substantial bit more...
of the professors
Given the modern trend of postponing adulthood, I'd say 21 is far too early.
Actually what is going on is equivalent to redistributing GPA. “Minority” students are given preference in admissions and in other ways and then preferences are given when applying for jobs, the government mandates quotas while swearing that it does not happen. How different is that from redistributing GPA?
I couldn’t do it. There were times when I took a lower grade because I knew the teacher would mark my answer to a question wrong even though I knew that in fact I was right. I have taken multiple choice exams in which the correct answer was not listed. In those cases I picked whatever seemed closest to being right even though it may not have been what the teacher wanted. This attitude resulted in my eventually starting a small business of my own, I could never get very far working for someone else. I now work for someone else again but in sales where I am judged by results and not by someone else’s subjective opinion of what I do. The owner of the business is well pleased with my results, the more I sell the more I am paid and we both understand that if I stop selling I won’t have a job and if he starts trying to micromanage me he won’t have an employee.
My dad actually redistributed grades in high school when teaching Animal Farm. Kept two grade books and showed the kids the one with the residtributed grades. He had one class that was so bad the whole class was failing so he made another class that had more grades than they needed help the class with more need than grades. Then the needy class wrote a thank you to the one who gave them grades, my dad suggested the class with extra grades thank them for allowing them to donate their excess grades to such a worthy cause.
What eventually happened was exactly what happened in Atlas Shrugged; the producers stopped producing so there was nothing for the looters to loot.