Today, my students sat for the final paper of their examinations – my paper! After about 2 hours, one students turned up at my office to complain to me about killing them. He claimed that more than half the class will fail.
Again, I am glad that I am pushing the students to their limits and beyond. That’s my job as an educator.
However, I have yet to actually mark the papers. I intend to start marking them tonight and over the weekend. I hope that the students will beat my expectations.
Personally, I have no interest in failing students. However, I feel that it is my responsibility to push them and to show them a very important point, that there are no straight-forward answers to engineering problems and they all need to think their way through the problems.
I would like to wish my students good luck, and have a good holiday!
Update@2011-08-20: Just finished marking all 73 exam scripts!
The students actually did better than expected. Although there will definitely be a number of failures, I think that most of them will get through just fine. Quite a number of them did surprisingly well.