Monday, June 30, 2008

Spelling Counts

This article tells the story of an instructor who gave student 2 points out of 27 on an exam just for putting an obscenity on the test paper. The instructor says the 2 points were for at least writing something and for spelling it correctly. If you read, you'll see the instructor requested that the students, "Describe the room you're sitting in" and this student put "F*** off". I think to get the 2 points, the student should have answered "F***ed" because he could argue that word describes the room. In my book, by putting a imperative, the student gets a zero.

1 comment:

Bill Brohaugh said...

I love the quote from the story:

It was marked by Peter Buckroyd, a chief examiner for the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) examination board. He told The Times newspaper: "It would be wicked to give it zero, because it does show some very basic skills we are looking for - like conveying some meaning and some spelling.

Wicked? That's what the kid said when he got two points for being a little prick. "Wicked!"