Am I the only one who thinks that missing class shouldn’t result in a grade penalty?
Yes, I miss a few classes each semester. The classes I miss I have a good reason to, whether I’m studying for an exam on the same day or I’m physically ill. Either way, the choice to miss class was mine and quite frankly, the reason why isn’t relevant.
Students who miss class for any reason should make sure to reach out to other students for the classwork they missed and study the material that was missed, to prevent falling behind.
However, a students’ grades should not be impacted for one absence. They shouldn’t have to receive concerned emails from their professors wondering where they were. As long as they can keep up with the material and do well on exams, the choice to miss class should be theirs.
I hate to break it to those out there, but sometimes students have entirely appropriate reasons for skipping class and sometimes they don’t. Either way, a class is missed and it was the student’s personal decision that they don’t owe to anyone else.
Maybe that student needs to learn time management or maybe they don’t. It shouldn’t be up to the individual professor or university to hold a student’s hand to teach them. Students’ time management skills are reflected in assignment and exam grades. Attending class should not be a factor in determining good time management skills.
Missing a couple classes isn’t representative of a student’s respect for their professors either, but rather, a matter of personal choice.
In the job world, if an employee misses work, their pay is docked or they are put on a warning system and told that missing more time could cause serious infractions.
Students shouldn’t be subjected to equivalent penalties for missing class on the basis that they are paying for their education, and won’t be paid for their education until they enter the job market.
In the professional world, or the “real world”, the employee typically isn’t paying the employer for their right to work. Rather, the employee is getting paid a set amount for performing a specific task or set of tasks. So, it makes sense that when they miss work, there are consequences.
Students are paying to attend the university, whether it’s their own money or their parent’s money. So, students in college shouldn’t be guided the way they are in high school and receive grade deductions as a consequence for missing class.
For many students, doing well in a class does mean going to class. In my major particularly, this is true. But for some people reading the textbook and studying a few days before the exam is all that is required to do well.
As students, we should be in an environment where we are allowed to shoulder some responsibility for missing class, such as studying on our own or reaching out, but students should not take a grade deduction for classes missed.
So, while I do think that attending classes is extremely important, I don’t think that missing them should result in lower grades or other penalties.
Madison Peterson-Porta, ’19, is an associate lifestyle editor and columnist for The Brown and White. She can be reached at [email protected]