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The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem. Lets go… 
30th-Jul-2008 05:47 pm
The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem.

Lets go back 20 some-odd years to kindergarden. We were learning how to write our names. My name is spelled Jaime, as opposed to Jamie. Not only did the teacher tell my I was spelling my name wrong, she called my parents and threatened to fail me because I refused to spell my name Jamie. When my parents told her my name is in fact spelled Jaime, she refused to listen. She even took the time to yell at my parents and tell them they were wrong for teaching me to read and write before kindergarden(both activities that I loved to do when I was that young). The teacher then told the principal that my parents were undermining her teachings and filed a complaint with the superintendent of the district. This resulted in a meeting between the super, my parents, and the teacher. All was resolved when my parents showed my birth certificate that in fact had my name spelled Jaime.

It boggles my mind that the teacher had to go that far just to be told by her bosses' boss I had in fact been spelling my own name right. Then to tell my parents it was wrong to teach me basic reading and writing? I mean come on. Seriously.
31st-Jul-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know... While that's a really clever way to weed out the cheaters who were paying someone else to do their research papers, I would have been really irritated if one of my teachers pulled that after I went to the trouble of writing a 12+ page research paper and drawing illustrations and diagrams and whatnot, when all she really wanted was a three-minute essay. That would feel like a major waste of time and effort on my part, and like she was penalizing the students who actually did the work.
31st-Jul-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
The ones who didn't do the work couldn't answer at all. As in, these people didn't even read the research papers they didn't write (and most of them had picked the topic of the fruit fly's DNA...something.) The ones who did, were able to answer even giving just a short description. One student had something like "The fruit flys DNA is easily infected by bacteriums." And nothing else. The rest of the cheaters' answers were as bad.
1st-Aug-2008 03:01 am (UTC)
I get that. I understand why it was effective in weeding out the ones who cheated by having someone else write their papers. I'm just saying that if I were one of the kids who DID write their own papers, I'd feel like I'd wasted a lot of effort on something that the teacher wasn't even going to bother looking at, and thus would be pretty pissed.
1st-Aug-2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Well, the thing was the cheaters were sure they'd get really good grades; the ones who actually went and sweated over the work felt very cheated, since none of our presentations looked as shiny. There was one student though who wanted her work to look as shiny as the cheaters; but since she showed she knew what her report was about, her report was graded properly (she got a 95% - she messed up on some scientific terminology I think, since that was the only spelling that the teacher would grade on as it was relevant to the class). The essay weeding only showed who actually did the work - and their papers were graded properly. As I recall, a lot of the students were relieved that the weeding out occurred.
2nd-Aug-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
so if a cheater handed in a 35-page, thorough paper with no spelling or grammatical errors that was very informative, the paper would be given a high grade... until the cheater proved that he didn't even read the paper, let alone write it. then that high mark became a zero.
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