TAs Have Too Much Power
As someone who has always aspired to continue my education as far as it will take me, I look up to the graduate TAs in my various courses, noting the challenging paths they have taken and the obstacles they have overcome to get to the unique places they are today.
To supplement their area of concentration, many graduate students assist undergraduate courses at various levels, from answering questions and grading minor assignments, all the way to having complete determination over the grades of 15 to 30 out of the hundreds of students in a large lecture.
For example, in courses such as Humanities Core or Anthropology 2A, each TA is given virtually complete discrection over their students’ grades.
And here, my friends, is where we run into problems.
In an academic environment filled with stress, countless viewpoints and blazing emotions, graduate students face just as much