Thursday, July 23, 2009
As I've learned from personal experience and have confirmed with countless anecdotal stories from others, students aren't shy about asking professors to reconsider their grade. When this happens, it usually only produces annoyance for me, but no desire to change their grade.
Yes, I'm sure I'll turn some students off, but I'm not the first person to refer to this generation of college students as the Entitlement Generation. It's gotten so bad that researchers study the phenomenon of students expecting better grades simply because they worked hard. They tend to not realize our job is to reward actual performance, not merely effort.