bell curve

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 7 01:46:53 UTC 2012

Who dreamed up that idea of "curving" grades anyway?

What BS. (Well, maybe if you were a beginning teacher who had no idea what
a reasonable exam was like and nobody scored above a D.)

But otherwise, what BS.  Instead of the predicted bell curve, I often got
an inverted one: i.e., lots of F's and D's and a good number of B's and
A's. Diagnosis: an easy test for anybody who bothered to study even a


On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>
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> > Kids today!
> Kids yesterday:
> "Will the test be graded on _the_ curve?"
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