All in all, it looks like I've got a lock on another 4.0 GPA. My classmates, especially in trig? Not so much.
Because of the miracles of modern technology, I can see my grades on the online trig quizzes and my test scores as the teacher enters them into the system. I can also see the approximate grades my classmates are getting, and how I rank compared to the class average and individual students on each quiz and test. Mind you, it is all anonymous: all I see is how many people scored in each 5-point range from 0-100, not individual names or exact scores. So, I know that 5 people, including myself, scored at or over 100% on today's quiz. I can also see the class average.
The class average on today's test was a whopping 58%
To be completely fair, there were five scores in the 0-5% range, which means that five people probably just didn't take the test(let's hope!) but still! More than half of the class who actually took the test got a D or F. Of course, about a third of the class failed all of the online quizzes... and you get two tries!! The funny part is that the teacher goes out of his way to point out that he's bored and lonely during his office hours. The class is pretty full most days, which means that people are attending, learning nothing, not asking questions, not taking the quizzes until 11:30 the night before the test, not doing the homework, not doing ANYTHING but sitting there taking up fucking space.
Shit. I would sleep in, as long as I was failing that badly! That's the part I don't understand. because of the modern technology, the teacher can see who is taking the quizzes as the material is taught in class or waiting until the last possible moment, who is taking their time and who is finishing the tests so fast that they must be just making random guesses. He knows who is coming by his office for help and making an effort, and who is just wasting time. I think some of these kids actually believe that if their attendance is good enough, the teacher won't notice how little work they've done, and will give them a passing grade out of the kindness of his heart.
I've talked to the teacher outside of class. He's a decent guy, cares about teaching and likes math. He also has ZERO kindness in his heart for people who aren't working as hard to learn as he is to teach. Good. He's going to fail half of the class, and no bad student evaluations from the losers are going to carry any weight compared to the cold hard statistics he's been collecting on his students. Since the people who are passing are the ones who take their quizzes early, take their time with them, make BOTH attempts at the quiz if they get a low score, and come ask questions when they need help, the rest of the class is shit out of luck.
That makes me really happy... FAIL THEM! FAIL THEM ALL!!!!!