Omg peeps, how could this ever happen? If we take a class with consistently bad eval scores* and herd 300 students (athletes) into it, assign them academic journal articles, make sections optional, and give take-home open-everything exams, this won't encourage academic excellence? Huh. Also, Earth is not flat? Every day is full of surprising new information.
UPDATE: Harvard's toast:
In years past, the course, Introduction to Congress, had a reputation as one of the easiest at Harvard College. Some of the 279 students who took it in the spring semester said that the teacher, Matthew B. Platt, an assistant professor of government, told them at the outset that he gave high grades and that neither attending his lectures nor the discussion sessions with graduate teaching fellows was mandatory. “He said, ‘I gave out 120 A’s last year, and I’ll give out 120 more,’ ” one accused student said.Also, note how student whinging is now authoritative injustice. Course not well-organized! Had to cheat!