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If you are (or use) a grader that changes grades due to "irritation" from negative feedback about a question, someone's ethics are lacking. Graders should grade answers and leave it at that. Teachers should be willing to learn, though, from whatever feedback a student dares to send.

Delaney Kirk

Thanks for coming by to comment (and for listing my blog on your site). The question itself was a true/false question (which the student ended up getting incorrect). I would have been ok with her writing out any assumptions she was making and saying that that was why she marked it true. However, her only comment was that it was a bad question as in poorly designed (BTW, I've been putting together exams for over 25 years). It's a matter of impression management, a skill some students seem to be lacking and which will serve them well in their careers. Thanks for caring.


I think KC's point is valid, but off the mark. Of course it's unethical for an instructor to grade based on personal feelings or other forms of subjectivity. That doesn't change the fact that it's poor judgment on the part of the student to challenge the instructor in a flippant and unprofessional manner. The student may be able to count on the professionalism of Dr. Kirk, but unfortunately that is most certainly not always the case elsewhere!

In an ideal world we could behave in all sorts of nonsense without provoking an undesired response. The real world, however, doesn't quite work that way. We may have a "right" to behave in certain ways but that doesn't mean it's reasonable or sensible to do so!

As Dr. Kirk indicated, impression management is an important skill to development, and reminding us that our students need help in this area is the main point here. As an educator and author she has already achieved a successful career, her behavior isn't the concern! Given her success I hope her students are more inclined to listen to her insights than to seek peripheral justifications for dismissing her advice.

Dr. Delaney Kirk

Thanks for commenting. Yes, my point is that our students need help in impression management. Her boss is more likely just to fire her than to ignore or try to improve her inappropriate behavior.
BTW, you may already know this but my Ph.D. is from UNT (1988) and my son-in-law now teaches there in the history department. Small world.

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