It was the grading scale he’d used since he started teaching. Professor Peter Fröhlich of Johns Hopkins University had a simple curve: the student with the highest grade on the test would receive an A, and all other grades would be adjusted accordingly. This approach, he says, is the “most predictable and consistent way” of comparing students’ progress to their peers’. Seems pretty okay, right?
During finals week of their first semester this year, Fröhlich’s students all unanimously agreed not to attend his final. The result? Everyone received a zero, which meant it was the highest grade, giving every student an A on the final.
My guess is if students tried this at Wes, the professor would
lose respect for the class fail everyone. But no, Frölich had one thing to say about the incident: “The students learned that by coming together, they can achieve something that individually they could never have done.” He has, however, changed his system following the incident to close the loophole and has stated that he would give zeros to students who tried ‘gaming the system‘ in the future.
Regardless. Touché, Johns Hopkins kids.