I wish to call attention to a case of unfairness in marking which has already aroused considerable ill-feeling among the students of the junior class.
When the marks for the first preliminary brief were given out it was found that a large number of men had received grade E. On further investigation it has turned out that a very large proportion of these low marks were given to men whose papers were corrected by one particular instructor in the course. This gentleman has announced to the members of his division, that over half the students would fail in the course unless their work improved. From this I infer that he gave E to over half the papers which he corrected, which by the way, were not written by members of his division alone. I am very sure that no other instructor marked with such unjustifiable severity, for they apparently realized that as the work was the first of the year, no very high grade of excellence could be required.
That greater severity was shown in this section than in others is also shown by several cases which have come under my notice, where men in different divisions prepared their briefs together. Those in the particular division to which I refer, were marked E, while in other divisions practically the same work received C. The sentiment of the class certainly supports this statement.
What I object to is not the severity of the marking, but the injustice which has occurred from equally good work receiving different marks from different instructors. Obviously, all should be judged by the same standards.