General Concerns About The Pass/Fail Project
negative aspects to the CyberOne pass/fail option
Perhaps our fear of failure is misplaced. We fear the uncertain bad grade. Instead, our concerns should be with the uncertain consequences our performances may have in our daily lives. If anything, grading schemes in the typical law school class falsely reflect real life. In real life, grading isn't blind, nor is it based on facility with contrived hypothetical fact patterns. Instead, total success requires properly speaking the languages of love, passion, and inspiration. And often, lasting success lies in rising up from apparent defeat, even if defeat is seemingly dealt arbitrarily or unexpectedly. Grading in CyberOne would reveal an understanding of the real world that grading in most law school classes fails to offer.
Specific Concerns About the Proposal
The proposal as currently drafted says "There are no negative aspects to the CyberOne pass/fail option."
The proposed method to avoid "curve shifting" may exacerbate grade inflation. If, indeed, those opting for the pass/fail option would be so unmotivated that their poor performance would otherwise guarantee a poor grade, the students who are left to accept the graded option would potentially receive "easy A's" due to the lack of worthy competition. This potential concern ought to be addressed in the proposal.