Just saw this and it’s too good to wait for our next linkfest to share: computer science students at Johns Hopkins are graded on a curve, with the highest mark in the class being an “A” and the other marks defined accordingly. So students in one class all decided to skip the final, thereby ensuring they all received zeroes–and thus A’s! And they got away with it!
For anybody out there who teaches game theory (say, in an animal behavior class) and wants to drive home its relevance in the real world, now you have your go-to example!
I wish I could say that this is why I don’t grade on a curve (which I don’t), but now I have one more reason not to do so. 😉