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Shweta Patro 11/17/09 Reaction to “Student Expectation Seen as Cause Grade Disputes” The discrepancy in professor and student perceptions about entitlement is the product of a vicious circle of fear and laziness (on the part of students, parents and teachers)and a fatal misconception in the American grading system. Furthermore, the difference in opinion is (I am guessing) increasingly becoming a key factor in the acceptance (or rejection) of students into colleges and universities, and therefore a matter of great importance in view of job prospects. As Professor Brower of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says, the habit of grade inflation originates in the K-12 experiences of the student, starting at a very young age. A model that exhibits the role of the U.S. public school system in grade inflation can be found in the hypothetical first grade class of Mrs. Robertson. There are 27 students in her class, quite a lot for one teacher to handle. At the end of the year, Mrs. Robertson assigns grades to each of the children in the class. The grading system goes like this: 0-65% is an F, 66-69% is a D, 71-79% is a C, 80-89% is a B and 90-100% is an A. This is where the first huge problem in American
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