You Said It!: Voices Against Grade Change

The People speak out against grade change!
The People speak out against grade change! // Creative Commons

Yesterday, the Yale student body took to the streets to voice opposition to proposed grading changes that would convert Yale’s grading system to a 100-point scale with specific grade distribution. In order to capture the various points of view making up this opposition, we also took to the streets to record these voices.

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“I think American grading doing all the wrong right now. In my province, when you write good paper you get one pebble. If you save enough pebbles, you go to Andrei and trade in for brick. Who knows! Twenty, thirty years, maybe you build house. I almost have house!”
-Andrzejek Kzrlsatkpjk ’16, international student from former Soviet Socialist Republic

“If she’s in my class, she’s automatically a 10 out of 10.”
-Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities

“Student’s really small? Give him AAA. A little bigger? AA. Little bigger than that? Definitely a C. Anything over that’s a D. That’s how it’s always been for me.”
-Duracell battery found on Cross Campus

“If American Imperialists give them an F, we will give a D! If US Oppressors give them a C, we will give a B! Our fearless leader Kim Jong-Un will never surrender! That’s how it’s always been for me.”
-Kim Jong-Un, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea

“I know you won’t be D—isippointed F you come C “Toes of the Heart” (Agnew’s heartbreaking classic about a boy born without hands into the tenement slums of 19th century New York to a mother without feet) at the JE Theater this weekend, for my debut as Associate Sound Designer! It’s going to be A—mazing! ”
-Tripp Hunt ’13, Theater Studies major, Facebook status

“Look, I think even if you don’t quite seem to fit the part for a grade, if you’re famous enough, you should totally get it.”
-Paul Giamatti, Hamlet[?]

“I’ve actually put a lot of thought into grading policy reform at Yale, and I think most studies on grade inflation would suggest—AHHHHHHAKLFJADMS;LFJA;SEAKJ;ASK;FA!!!!!”
-Kevin Ware, YouTube sensation

“If a student is too mainstream or poppy or safe or pandering or cutesy or a new Radiohead album, assign that student a random number between 2 and 6 (to the tenths place of course). But if the student is really interesting or experimental or ironically urban or has a unique subgenre, then I think you can give them Best New Student.”
-Pitchfork Media

“Last semester, I got a D. I actually kind of liked it. I was hoping that I could keep getting Ds, in various areas. Is there anyone who would be willing to give me another D?”
-Sandy Herdman ’16

“I think no matter what you should get an F if for JE Screw you set your roommate up with a goat. It’s mean and insulting.”
-Barry Zeetz JE ’12

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