Friday, August 22, 2008

Bad Behavior

Encountered several examples of bad behavior today. As it was the last day of the quarter and all assignments and exams were due, the whining started. There were two, count ‘em, two different incidents of students asking me to increase their grades simply so they could have higher marks. They didn’t question whether exam answers could have been interpreted differently, or if a homework grade was too harsh. No, they believed that I would raise their grades simply because they had asked, and that they deserved it. Out and out gall to ask me, in essence, to commit fraud on their behalf.

Another student was able to ignore announcements for two weeks, an assignment due date and an exam for a week, and then claimed that I was ruining his life and I was ‘mean’ for insisting that he be subject to the same deadlines and schedules as the rest of the class.


Glad that I'm on vacation.

And, then on the way home on the BGT, I stopped to see the seven trees that were victims of deliberate poisoning. Unbelievably brazen behavior. These trees blocked the view from a deck directly to the west, and its obvious that the homeowner is the perpetrator.


rpd said...

The Customer Service mentality strikes again, eh? Earlier this summer I had a students suggest that I should give her/him a couple of decimal points too just because she asked ("Ha! Ha! Just thought I would ask!"). When did the notion of merit go out the window and does the fact that I am asking this mean that I am simply an old "fuddy duddy" now?

Welcome to vacation! Enjoy it while it lasts. :-)

Andy said...

I've had more than my share of similar this quarter....makes we wonder how much success these students have had with this approach?