You wrote about an incident that caused you to censor yourself:
>As a student in a doctoral seminar (in a Management & Human Resources
>program!) we were told we would be graded on participation -- quality and
>quantity!! I instantly felt intimidated. Halfway through the course, the
>professor told me that my quantity was OK but to work on my quality. I
>flippantly said, "What should I do...think of a few brilliant statements
>before class and stick them in somewhere during discussion?" To my
>horror, the prof said, "Sure, that's a good idea."
>This experience still haunts me.
This is a great story, though a frightening example of the unhealthy
outcomes of a grading system. Your professor was required to grade
students, so he/she developed a system - a poor system and then proceeded
to administer it poorly. Because of the grading system and this
professor's power over your life, you lost some of your freedom.
I hope that you will be able to c"hoose" (in the words of a couple of
earlier posts) to not let this person and this incident continue to hurt
Roxanne Abbas firstname.lastname@example.org
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