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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 2008

Unite to fight grade police

I appreciated reading Ronald Glasberg’s article “Bridging Academe’s Assessment Divide” in your March Bulletin. I share many of Professor Glasberg’s views about teaching in the humanities. My happiest time teaching is where I can relinquish control and have students engage each other directly in asking and pondering profound questions of our history and contemporary humanity and environmental care.

I have often been reminded of the grade police whose concerns are grade inflation and lowering of standards. More of us who share Professor Glasberg’s philosophy about teaching and accountability should band together to create a real alternative to the quantitative dominance. Please continue the good work in bringing ethical issues in higher education to our attention in your timely publications.

Yvonne Brown
University of British Columbia

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