Sinking in Sociology Printer Friendly
Diane Gillespie and Jeannette Seaberry
Settling into his seat in the back of the class, Tom realized that the teacher was going to hand back the tests. He was putting the scores on a curve on the blackboard. The scores ranged from 97%-54%, with 70% the cut off point for a “C.” Tom dreaded the return of this test. Katie, who always sat next to him, was trying to get him to laugh with her like he always did, but he couldn’t take his eyes off the instructor passing back the tests. He tried to avoid looking at the curve of scores on the blackboard. He felt like he was on a roller coaster. He had gotten a “C” on the first pop quiz, but then he had gotten an “F” on the first exam. He had gotten “Cs” on the next two pop quizzes. This test meant a lot, but he hadn’t talked to anyone about it. During this first six weeks, he had come to campus for his classes when he hadn’t overslept and then left when they were done.