My First A ... Almost
We got our tests on matrices back yesterday. Despite all my grief, I got what I thought was an A. "Good job," my teacher said. My first unit test was a boring B. But here it was -- a 93 percent. My pride swelled, then dissipated when my seatmate reminded me that in Fairfax County, that's not an A.
At my old high school in Cleveland, 90 percent would pass for an A. That's the standard in Montgomery County, too, and in lots of other places. But Fairfax students have to earn a higher mark to get an A--94 percent to be precise. Parents here are organizing in droves to get the Fairfax system changed to a standard 10-point scale. They say it puts their kids at a disadvantage when they apply for colleges or scholarships.
A colleague suggested I might not get into the college of my choice. Then, seeing my disappointment, he suggested a B-plus isn't so bad.
I skimmed through the test and saw only a few mistakes. A dropped a negative sign here or there. In one case, I neatly copied down the problem and apparently forgot to solve it.
(This could have something to do with the early hour of my class. ... Did I mention it starts at 7:20 a.m.? That's a blog for a different day.)
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