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|Saturday, July 25, 2009|
|Panel 1: In
the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we see the title
page of an essay, which reads, "The Physics of Byron: an 'A+' Paper."
Someone has circled "A+" with a red pen. An arrow points to the circle.
At the other end of it are the words: "1) West of Bathurst?" 2)
By Kari Maaren?". To the right of the paper, a male student with
disordered black hair and light brown skin is running after Barbara,
clearly to complain to her.|
Panel 2: Barbara and the student are sitting on a couch in the Davies College common room.
Barbara: You wanted to discuss your term-paper mark?
Student: You gave me a "B."
Student: This is a completely terrible grade! I never get "B"s. You mark too hard.
Barbara: "B" is above average.
Student: It's totally not. Listen...I can almost buy me deserving an "A-," but "B" is too low.
Panel 5: Barbara looks at the paper.
Barbara: In my comments, I write that your paper is repetitive and formulaic, contains no thesis or analysis, and is riddled with avoidable mistakes.
Student: Sounds like an "A-" to me.
Barbara: Sounds like a "C-" to me.
Panel 7: The student stares at Barbara in shock. Marie and Baldwin are standing behind the couch, listening in. Baldwin is holding a bag of popcorn.
Barbara: Thank you for helping me see the error of my ways.
Marie: It's like watching the most inevitable train wreck ever.
Baldwin: I generally bring popcorn.
Alt-Text: I have had students in tears over their B+s or even A-s. Okay, fine, I probably would have been the same way...but when half the class could be described generously as "writing at a 'C' level," it begins to seem a little silly.
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