August 19, 2004

Wanted: Voodoo doll

As long as we're playing catch up today, I got a "C" as the final grade in this class. It could have been worse, considering he only accepted half of my final paper. But it has really screwed my GPA, and it is only the second time in my entire educational career that I have ever gotten a "C" as the final grade. The other time was my freshman year in college when I was taking 18 hours a semester, was seriously homesick for my family, and I "ran away" from school (took the train home on impulse). I went back after a week of mom therapy, and got 4 A's and a B in the other five classes. For the life of me I can't remember what the class was anymore, just that it wasn't in one of my majors (English and History).
Anyway, one of my classmates has filed a formal grievance based partially on the fact that the only "A"s he gave were to the male class members. I really can't say whether or not he's guilty of sexual discrimination, although the proof, I think, would be in how he graded the man who missed his discussion leadership week because of computer problems (he was rescheduled to a later week after another student filled in), and how he graded the man who was late submitting one of his case studies due to a power failure, versus how he treated me. But since no one has access to those grades except the teacher, I doubt my classmate will get anywhere.
I'm sure that twenty years from now I won't remember what class I got the "C" in this time around, either. But I'll still be pissed off.

Posted by Susie at August 19, 2004 10:50 AM

When my mother was in college she had a teacher who gave her an F in one class because she was a woman. This was way back when obviously; mom graduated from college about 50 years ago. But in the final run, it didn't affect her life.

I wouldn't sweat this. No one is going to care 4 years from now.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at August 19, 2004 12:16 PM

The worst grade I ever got was in Psychology, and like you, I found the text that I had to buy for the class was unadulterated dreck. But today, no one cares, and no one cares about the high grades I got either, alas. Take heart!

Posted by: Jerry at August 19, 2004 04:10 PM

You should email Mr. Dick and tell him that his new email address is your teachers.

Posted by: Ted at August 20, 2004 07:18 AM

Like others have said, nobody looks at your grades during interviews. They barely acknowledge a "deans list" mention on your resume.

The knowledge you gain is really all that's important.

Although those high grades do mean a lot to you personally so your in a quandry.

Posted by: Machelle at August 20, 2004 08:02 AM

When I had my grade adversely affected by the pinko politics of my professor, I posted on

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Posted by: Linda at August 21, 2004 10:42 AM