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Re: Is 95 really the best you can get?
« Reply #45 on: November 22, 2012, 11:23:28 AM »
In my high school, there were several teachers like this. It was extremely frustrating. However, so long as he's still willing to give As for A work, it won't affect her GPA. While I don't completely agree with the policy, I do understand it. And I also know that the teachers with this policy were the ones who got the most effort out of me. If one of them had told me that it was one of the best essays he'd ever read, I would have glowed for a week. That would have meant so much more than the grade.

ETA: I also agree with others that this will just continue to happen. You don't have to like it or agree with it, but it would go better for everyone if you both got used to the idea.
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Re: Is 95 really the best you can get?
« Reply #46 on: November 22, 2012, 11:36:29 AM »
If your worry is that a less than 4.0 GPA will be a problem when applying to colleges, I don't think you should worry about that. The tenth of a point or so that your kids will be off by isn't that big a deal. Maybe someone can correct me on this, but I think a 3.9 vs. a 4.0 isn't going to make or break the college application. Schools will also take into account the high school and it's reputation.

To be honest, I'm not too impressed by the school's administration and system from your description. The kids' seem to be less important than admin politics and the philosophy the school follows. But if you insist on keeping her there, then I agree with others: stop worrying about the grades so much and teach your kids how to work within a screwy system and how to remain motivated even when they have to deal with motivation sapping people.

You might also want to get your kids involved (or more involved) in activities away from the school.
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Re: Is 95 really the best you can get?
« Reply #47 on: November 22, 2012, 11:40:52 AM »
That 5% is room for improvement and your daughter can write an even better essay next time. If all 'great' essays get 100% then that leaves no room for rating each one against each other. To expect teachers to exclaim 'yes, that's it, it's the ultimate essay ever, 100% A++++++' ? it's like that bit in the Christmas Story. It doesn't need to happen.

Even if the teacher can't think of a single thing the student could have improved?

Maybe the last 5% is reserved for essays that make her weep at their greatness. In seriousness, though, I think 95%, the top grade in the class, is an excellent grade for an excellent essay. If the next essay provides even more depth of insight, making it measurably more excellent than the previous 95% standard of excellency, it could get 97%, and so on. Otherwise, how do you rank things against each other if everything acceptably good gets 100%?

^This. I agree with eee. Firstly the teacher didn't say she refuses to give over 95% for something. It's not a cap. She just said that she hasn't yet ever seen a paper worthy of higher than 95%. 95% is exceptionally good. It's world class but like eee said, a lot of teachers reserve the 100% for complete
Achillean masterpieces, something that would make 'one weep', the kind of essays that make you think endlessly into the night, change the world, reserved for the Oscar Wildes and Hemmingways of this world etc.. etc... Things like literature and history and philosophy essays are subjective. You can't always pinpoint exact loss of marks because that's not how feelings or soul works or how the written word flows. The same essay marked by two different teachers is unlikely to generate the same exact mark - but it's most likely to be in the same ballpark. A good essay is a good essay. One teacher might give it a 95%, another teacher might give it 91%. Both marks show that the essay is exceptional. The difference in marks cannot be pinpointed or explained because it's subjective. It's not something like Mathematics or Chemistry.

Your daughter can ask how she could do even better/how she can improve.. but to question the (already excellent) mark the teacher gave, in this case, the highest she has ever given out, I can't see as being anything but a bad idea.

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Re: Is 95 really the best you can get?
« Reply #48 on: November 22, 2012, 12:31:28 PM »
This is a parenting / educational issue, not etiquette.

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