>Rusin: > >>PS -- This student's definition is no worse than the average that I >>would get here from a student preparing for our final exam. > >So why am I not getting a C?
What gives you the idea that if you're doing as well as the average student in the class you have a C coming? If you're taking linear algebra and you can't define things like "linearly independent" correctly you're not supposed to pass the class - just because nobody else can either doesn't change that. (Assuming it's true for a second, the fact that none of the students in the class can give a correct definition of "independent" also doesn't show that it's a hard thing to do. It just shows that none of the students are doing what they need to do to pass the class.)
>>Not >>surprisingly, there are not many A's and B's when I give semester grades. >> > >Who needs A's and B's? In abstract, theoretical courses that really take more >than a semester's time to sink in, I'd be happy with a C or D. But, an F...???