It’s an epic battle between students and professors. The professors say students will automatically fail if they miss a certain number of classes.
Students say they have good reasons for not attending class and realize they miss important material.
The students have the better argument (well, maybe they don’t always have the greatest reasons for missing class) but, unfortunately, the professors are winning the battle.
And the teachers boast a secret weapon: university policy.
The university should not permit professors to enforce an attendance policy.
After all, college students graduated kindergarten a long time ago. They know what they are doing when they miss lectures, and they don’t need teachers to hold their hands and drag them to class.
Students punish themselves when they skip class by missing notes, class work and quizzes. It’s no secret students’ grades will drop if they continue to score zeros on in-class work.
And students pay a hefty price to sign up for a class. The more classes they miss, the more tuition money students throw away.
So, if students deserve to be punished for skipping class, it likely will reflect in their grade point average. Professors don’t need to remind students of their mistakes by unjustly failing them for the sole reason of missed classes.
But what about students who never attend class and still pull off an average, or above average, grade? Obviously the student doesn’t need to attend that class to succeed in it.
So why automatically fail a student who missed most of the lectures but still made a B in the course?
If students can skip almost the entire semester and still pass, perhaps professors should take another look at their teaching methods.
Or maybe they’re concentrating too hard on keeping students on a leash.