Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A student in a mechanical engineering class complained to his professor that he failed a test, but he should have been given partial credit on a question where he only missed a minor calculation. The professor’s answer,
“Mr. Higgins…let’s say you build a bridge, it is a beautiful bridge but you make one minor calculation error. At the peak of the morning rush hour the bridge cannot handle the weight of all the cars and the bridge fails, it crumbles and 600 people die. Should you get partial credit?”
Fortunately life is not always quite as severe as that of an engineer who makes an error; most of the time we get at least partial credit.
Except sometimes if you:
Strike a match before closing the cover.
Take a cold pill and drive heavy machinery.
Drink and drive.
Spoil your children.
Smoke in bed.
Don’t wear protection.
Cheat on your spouse.
Forget to put the safety on your pistol.
Drive a get-away car with vanity plates.
Publish a blog without proof-reading.
Most of the time life gives us a second chance, but perhaps we would all be better off if we lived it knowing you do not always get partial credit.