Giving 105-140%

A Brooklyn principal’s explanation of the new grading system doesn’t add up, reports the NY Daily News.

The pie chart sent out Monday explained that under the new system Regents exams would count 25% toward final grades, homework for 10% to 20%, exams for 60% to 75% and classwork for 10% to 20%.

Add it up and the range would be 105% to 140%.

Principal Jolanta Rohloff defended the pie chart’s flexibility, sounding very much like someone who doesn’t know the meaning of “per cent.” The good news is that students know enough to make fun of the chart.

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  1. I have to say any increase in pie is a good thing. Or did you say “pie charts?”

    I do have to say that I do a lot of data analysis for a living and you would be surprised at how many people do not understand what a pie chart is supposed to represent.

  2. Yes, folks, try showing these people the flaws in their Fuzzy Math curriculum. Blank stares.

  3. These ed folks must have taken a page from Max Bialystock in The Producers.

  4. mike from oregon says:

    And these folks are supposed to be educating the kids? Can’t teach something if you don’t know it to begin with – but hey, let’s not let that get in the way of a bad theory.

  5. well, at least the KIDS realize that 140% is an impossibility…

    one of my youth group co-leaders was exhorting the kids to work hard at something. She told them she wanted to give 110%. One of the kids – being a bit of a smart aleck but trying not to sound like one – put up his hand and said, “But isn’t that impossible?”

    I regularly get asked to give it “110%.” I used to have a sign in my office that said, “the difficult done cheerfully and immediately; the impossible will take a big longer.”

  6. 140% is not a problem. 105% is the problem. If the regents counted for 15%-25% rather than straight 25%, there wouldn’t be an issue at all. The problem is that, if all the various items each got their *minimum* weighting, it’s still more than 100%, which doesn’t occur in nature.