Letters to the Editor of The New York Times Magazine replying
to Cohen on "The Art of Grading"
"A teacher's grading system, which precludes grades above 94, is not
only unethical; it is probably illegal (The Ethicist, April 3). the
notion that everyone "has room for improvement" as a justificiation for
this policy reflects a psychological problem that has no place in the
classroom. It is a power thing and nothing else.
What would this teacher say if she were paid 6 percent less for her work
because the school board claimed that she has room for improvement?"
Michael Ross, Teaneck, NJ
"Unfortunately, grades are important for college admissions. Keeping
students involved int he arts curriculum is important to prevent arts
education from being cut. Topping grades at 94 helps no one."
Alison Goodwin Schiff, New York
"The Ethicist argues that "one feature of a good grading system is that
those measured by it generally regard it as fair and reasonable." Given
this standard, every student should get an A because anything less would
be considered "unfair." This results in grade inflation.
Sally Bould, Newark, Del.
William J. Rapaport