Do we as academics, professional professors, feel comfortable in saying to our students, “You should read this because it is good for you. Yes, there are many reasons. I will tell you several. But you should read it because I say so and I am the person who grades you.” ??? That’s my question.
It’s the title of an article in which I found this statement:
A couple of weeks ago, I went to our Provostâ€™s â€œStudent Retention Summit.â€ I wasnâ€™t planning to say anything, but everyone elseâ€™s comments made me curious about something so I polled the room on this question: â€œHow many of you make attendance mandatory for passing the course?â€ It turns out me and a guy from math were the only ones. The way I frame it, this doesnâ€™t mean you have to attend every class. In a fourteen-week class that meets three times per week, Iâ€™ll give them four absences without asking for sickness, acts of God or whatever else they see fit.