Now I sit in front of my list of grades and get discouraged with the system. In reality, only one or two of my students put sincere effort into my class this semester. Most may have done some work, but I question whether the work they did really helped them learn anything new. Will they be leaving my class with a new skill in persuasive speaking and reasoning that they didn't have before? Probably not.
All classes must have their ranges of "A's" to "F's". If I don't issue any "A's" or only one "A", my teaching gets criticized, and I become a prime target for grade disputes. Since colleges are now a "business," they want to keep their students (customers) happy. Even losing one student can cost the college anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000, and since they want to keep this money in their pocket, they will sometimes "encourage" the professor to reissue a grade or to give the student "another chance." Plus, if we receive too many bad evaluations for being "too hard" on students or have too many grade disputes, our employment is in jeopardy.