Students Think Effort=Grade

Students DO think they are entitled to good grades if they “worked hard.”

The NYTimes said:

A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that a third of students surveyed said that they expected B’s just for attending lectures, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the required reading.

“I noticed an increased sense of entitlement in my students and wanted to discover what was causing it,” said Ellen Greenberger, the lead author of the study, called “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors,” which appeared last year in The Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Professor Greenberger said that the sense of entitlement could be related to increased parental pressure, competition among peers and family members and a heightened sense of achievement anxiety.

“I think that it stems from their K-12 experiences,” Professor Brower said. “They have become ultra-efficient in test preparation. And this hyper-efficiency has led them to look for a magic formula to get high scores.”

It could also be that we have been teaching them with our “self-esteem first” program that they are entitled.

As a teacher, I have seen this in many students. The one who really disparaged my class on was mad because she did all the extra work and she didn’t earn an A. She did not seem to realize that the extra work earned her the B, otherwise it would have been a C.

Hmm. Maybe the US educational system isn’t the problem. She was from a school system in another country.

One thought on “Students Think Effort=Grade”

  1. Well, yes the comparison to giving good grades to students by studying hard is absolutely acceptable. But students should learn that their primary role in being a student is to study hard.No matter what grades they get..its the result of their effort .For me,its what you learn in school and put into practice…that is the best thing…you may get good grades then..but you dont practice what you learn.

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