I’m grateful to Chuck and Alex for their encouraging comments about my plan to make my grade distributions public, and it still seems like a good idea to me.
However–and maybe this is just me–it is
slightly anxiety-provoking. Last night, for instance, not long after writing the post, I went to sleep, and dreamed that the provost read the post, and ominously called me in for a meeting to discuss it.
I do think there’s a shame that can attach to grading, at least in the humanities. “My, that’s a lot of A-s . . . ” or “You really thought she was a B writer?” or “What was wrong with you that semester? So many Cs . . . ” And then I get defensive. But that’s part of the reason for pursuing this–to try to open up that shame to sunlight.