Baruch’s math grades don’t add up
Published: Monday, February 8, 2010
Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010 01:02
Some students may distrust systems that have been, supposedly, created for their benefit. Maybe they are right to do so. Students at Baruch may not realize that they are not in control of their futures quite as much as they thought.
Some believe the math department intentionally created a final that very few students can pass. Over 200 students failed the math final last semester; that's over 200 students who need to pay more money to retake the class and hope to pass the exam. That's an incredibly high number to ignore. We all know how much effort goes into a math class. It really is heartbreaking to prepare for a final, only to realize that everything you studied only helped marginally. For those who rely on scholarships, a big "F" on their transcript could cut their funding. I'm not saying that this is some grand conspiracy aimed at math students, but it still seems suspicious.
Don't take this as an invitation to revolt against the school; that would be irrational. My professor for this term has addressed this problem. In class, he said that there has been a lot of talk about the math department's final. He also said that, whether or not any one professor is to blame, the students were not prepared for this exam. He made it his goal to ensure that no student in any of his classes fails the upcoming final. That's a very noble statement; this professor has been teaching for over 30 years and owes nothing to the students, yet he still tries.
Hopefully, more professors can learn from him instead of just viewing their job as just a job. Perhaps we do need to try harder. Perhaps the math department is not entirely to blame. Maybe we do need to be better, smarter, faster, more aware of our surroundings, and better able to handle obstacles that seem unfair. We are Baruch students and that alone comes with high expectations.