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BOTD 4/22/17 "BFTP - 1960 - Earning Marks" A Kat Production

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David M. Katz

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A Blast from the Past -- 1960 --Earning Marks
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You are 14 and you attend a well-respected but not top tier boarding school. Your maths teacher gives a weekly test, and to encourage everyone to do his utmost, he sets a minimum mark. Everyone who makes below that mark receives a caning, which is equal to the number of points by which he fails to meet the minimum. Today you receive your test paper and are relieved to see you scored the bare minimum. When the teacher goes over the work, however, you realise he made an error in marking your paper of three points in your favor.  

Do you call his attention to the error, even though it means you will receive marks of a different sort?



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David M. Katz

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My honor  honour is more important to me than my ass arse.  I shall call the error to my math maths teacher's  master's attention and hope for mercy based on my honesty.


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StevieWeeks

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Do you call his attention to the error, even though it means you will receive marks of a different sort?

Are you out of your mind?

er... no.

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Ditto Stevie.

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I am highly dubious that many 14 year-olders would be so concerned about their honour that they'd tell about the grading error.

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Adric

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Moving the year back very slightly to early 1959 and the subject to history would make this scenario pretty realistic for me.  (I wouldn't have made anything less than a top grade in maths.)

Despite my interest in the caning experience, my anxiety would probably overpower my curiosity and I would keep that grading error under wraps.  (So much for preserving my 14-year-old honour.)

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ivor

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No I'm not!!

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MemoryMan

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Only if I can also cane HIM for making the error in the first place Very Happy

PS.  Back in those days I would have been wary of pointing out ANY error a teacher had made.

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Zac

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David M. Katz wrote:My honor  honour is more important to me than my ass arse.  I shall call the error to my math maths teacher's  master's attention and hope for mercy based on my honesty.

Really?

Since I doubt this teacher will throw himself on his own blackboard compass in shame from having dishonoured himself with this simple arithmetical error - someone who teaches mathematics is expected to add up properly - I am less worried about my honour and more about my ability to sit down in comfort.

Jack

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Honestly, I'd bet a lot of my reaction depends on the culture at the school. If they make a huge deal about honor and honesty, I'd imagine I'd be more likely to feel it had to be done, even at risk of a beating. I know that I normally would have corrected an error like this. On the other hand, I was thrashed (paddled) so many times in school for things I hadn't done, I'd imagine I'd just take this as evening out and move on.

Zac wrote:
David M. Katz wrote:My honor  honour is more important to me than my ass arse.  I shall call the error to my math maths teacher's  master's attention and hope for mercy based on my honesty.

Really?

Since I doubt this teacher will throw himself on his own blackboard compass in shame from having dishonoured himself with this simple arithmetical error - someone who teaches mathematics is expected to add up properly - I am less worried about my honour and more about my ability to sit down in comfort.

I think the mistake was not in the teacher adding the score, but in the grade sheet. Either the master made the same mistake we did, or he had a pre-made key that was wrong.


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I think Jack makes a good point about the school culture: how much does it emphasize honor? As much as I'd like to think I'd speak up and deal with the caning, I'm not at all sure in reality I would be that brave at 14. If I were pretty sure I'd get away with it, I'd probably keep my mouth shut.

Though I didn't specify in the scenario, I imagined the error being a failure to deduct points for fudging the "show your work" part of the answer. In other words, Albert intuitively arrived at the correct answer but messed up the methodology.

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Depends just how well I know this master. Is he strict but fair or looking for any reason to cane. There are plenty of ways to get a caning without bringing it on yourself.

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