It's an indictment of the education system that students will sometimes reach out to tell me that I must have made a mistake when marking because their score is *too high*. 🧡
I teach at a low-barrier institution. My students are more likely to be racialized, immigrants, disabled, low-income, non-traditionally aged, English language learners, and/or have significant demands on their time and attention (work, children, etc...) outside of school.
I'm not an easy marker. As a TA, I would often have to revise my marks upwards to bring them in line with those of other TAs in the same course. As an instructor, my averages are on par with other instructors' averages.
So at first I was baffled as to why students would tell me their scores were "too high"; they'd done good work and earned those marks! But then they'd say something like they've never been a very good student or they usually struggle with assignments or exams.
And it makes me furious that students don't know the level of work they're capable of producing in an accessibly structured course because they clearly haven't spent enough time in environments that foster -- rather than coerce -- learning.
I don't want to see what students can produce under duress. I want to see their best work. My literal job is to make it possible for them to do their best work. Why would I, as an educator, want to erect barriers to student learning? Why the fuck do "educators" DO THAT?!

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