As a young college professor, best-selling business author Ken Blanchard constantly found himself in front of disapproving faculty boards. The reason? His insistence on giving out the final exam to each of his students on the first day of the class he was teaching.
As soon as they found out, the board would call Blanchard in to explain himself. As Ken describes it, the exchange usually went something like this:
Ken: “I’m confused.”
The Board: “You act like it.”
Ken: “I thought we are supposed to teach these kids.”
The Board: “You are, but don’t give them the exam ahead of time.”
Ken would never listen and would actually spend the entire semester teaching the students the answers to the questions. Ken’s belief was that his main job was to teach students the content they needed to learn, as opposed to worrying about evaluating them properly with the final exam.
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