Bell curves in law school create shame in many, false sense of merit in others

October 26, 2015
The use of the Bell Curve when grading exams destroys the intellectual and socioeconomic diversity of Canada’s law schools, argues a new article published in the Canadian Bar Association’s National. While the author admits that a strong body of research supports the use of the Bell Curve, he argues that the curve also “exacts immense psychological stress; it erodes dignity and diminishes self-worth for the majority.” He adds that success on exams using the Bell Curve does not necessarily translate into workplace ability, and for this reason, the Bell Curve can often create “a false sense of merit. So there is a culture of competition, arrogance, shame and suspicion pervading the law.”

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