Tags: cheating , competitive , PHI DELTA KAPPAN , plagiarism , Who’s Cheating Whom
Kids in class always get annoyed with that one student who messed up the curve. So, what does that mean, and how did he or she do it? Above, I mentioned, "extreme outliers," which are those numbers at the very ends of the bell curve on a graph. In class, those extreme outliers represent student's grades and they are responsible for throwing off the curve. For example, if the majority of testers earned a 70% and only one student in the whole class earned an A, a 98%, then when the teacher goes to adjust the grades, that extreme outlier could mess with the numbers. Here's how, using the three methods of curved grading from above:
Can the pace of technological progress continue to speed up indefinitely? Is there not a point where humans are unable to think fast enough to keep up with it? With regard to unenhanced humans, clearly so. But what would a thousand scientists, each a thousand times more intelligent than human scientists today, and each operating a thousand times faster than contemporary humans (because the information processing in their primarily nonbiological brains is faster) accomplish? One year would be like a millennium. What would they come up with?
Smith's ideas on the method of differentiation were gaining recognition in the mathematical community, which made it necessary for him to produce a document detailing all of his theories on the subject. Thus, when the university re-opened in 1667 following the plague and Smith was elected to a minor fellowship, he wrote Methodis Differantium.
It is in this context that we set out to research how human beings learn. But collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.