Comments: The Last Best Hope: A Democracy Reader

Nice review - I love your book reviews! I was especially intrigued by the part where you talk about grading on a curve and how superiority is defined. My husband is constantly saying "it's not a contest, you don't need to compare yourself to other people - you only need to better yourself."

Posted by Elayne Riggs at February 16, 2004 06:10 AM

You know, I didn't even think anyone read these book reviews. :) Thanks for the kind words.

That "grading on the curve" was a source of constant annoyance to me in school. I didn't care how much I'd learned compared to the person in the class who had learned the least. I wanted to know how much I'd learned in comparison to how much material we'd actually studied.

It drove me nuts, as did a teacher's explanation one time that I couldn't be given an 'A' because not enough people had flunked the test. She had, you see, done such a good job of teaching the material that too many people had learned too much of it, and the "curve" was skewed.

Posted by Anne at February 16, 2004 11:00 AM