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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject on peer review
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:03:25 GMT
Back when I was a Math grad student, one day while hanging
around the chair's office the chair relayed to me a curious
story- a parent had just been into his office to complain
about the grade their student had received from one of
the professors.  The student was a high-school age kid
who was participating in the University as an Advanced
Placement student, and according to the parent, was raised
to be an A student.  The professor sadly had given the 

student a B grade for the term, and the parent considered
that an insult to his child and against how they had raised
them.  I don't remember what the chair said back, but I'm
pretty sure it was an interesting response in defense of
the professor.

Some days I think we tend to say similarly confusing things
to each other about similar situations.  In going through
these reports we will need to scrutinize each other's work
product, fairly and objectively, in the hopes that the
overall success rate for our mentoring efforts will improve
over time.  These criticisms should be met with decency
and respect, not crowing over how meddlesome it is for
someone to comment on the quality of your work.  I'd like
to someday even see mentors show enough respect and humility
for their peers in the group to seek out their counsel in
situations they have never encountered before, so that we
all can provide some input designed to help the project
continue on.
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