Man, the Entitlement of Some Students

As of Saturday, I have put another semester in the books for my adjunct position, and a few of the students kind of upset me. I do not know about some of the millennials. Actually, you know what? I’m not going to put all of these “kids” into a single, struggling box, because I hate when people use generalizations for me.

For the lab course that I teach, I try to have everything graded by the end of the last class, so the students will know their final grades by the time they leave. Of course many of the students are like “how can I improve my grade?”. Do you give any extra credit?


extra credit

Student A earned a very “strong” grade of 23%. However she had the NERVE to catch an attitude with me, by asking “Well HOW did I get a 23%?” Umm, the student did not turn in 9 out of the 13 assignments and she failed ALL four exams. Also, after each exam, I put both the exam grade and the student’s current grade, just to avoid last day questions about their grade. It’s not like she went from an 80% to a 20%; she has been riding on a low F for a HOT minute.


Here comes the excuses:

  1. To be perfectly honest, I thought she was absent for those 9 classes, buttumblr_m32a9cr8aq1ql5yr7o1_r1_400 she said that she arrived late. Actually that was some B.S. If a student knows that I call roll at the beginning of every class, then most tardy students would let the professor know that he/she arrived late. Another reason that was B.S., I think that I would have noticed someone wearing a burka.
  2. She had “issues” printing out the assignments. How did she manage to turn in the 4 assignments?
  3. She has “allergies” that prevented her from arriving to class on time. Ok, that still does not explain why the assignment were not turned in. Also, the Spring semester is from January to May. Do people have allergies in cold ass NYC?

The parts that annoyed me. 


  1. She asked me what she could do to “fix” her grade. Do these students think that I make up their grades? It’s simple arithmetic folks.
  2. (A low key annoyance) All of this going back and forth with her was making me late for a late brunch meeting with my friends.

Just a little background about my class. It’s a section of General Biology 1101. Since many of  our students come academically weak high schools and are not science majors, the class is pretty much taught at a high school level. The class has to turn in 13 homework assignments (worth 5-6 points), take 4 exams (20 points), complete in two lab reports. The homework assignments and exams are 80% of the grade, while the two lab reports make up 20% of it. The homework assignments are based off of the prelab readings, so one could find all of the answers in either the lab manual or from my slides.

Long story long, the only way to fail my course is if you do not do the assignments. Think about it, if one does four assignments perfectly, then that is pretty much equivalent to earning a 100% on a test (four assignments more or less equals one exam).

Ah, the joys of being an educator (BTW, I sill miss the show “Happy Endings”).






  1. Happy Endings was a GREAT show.

    I really hope that Student A is atypical for students these days, but I worry that she isn’t. I was shocked some years back when I took a chemistry course at Old Dominion while trying to get a 2nd degree. Kids didn’t seem to prepare well for the exams (maybe they didn’t know how) and many were disappointed with the results. Rather than give students poor grades, the professor simply “corrected” the scores with some sort of curve that bumped them up. Not bragging, but I ended up with a 130% grade in the class if that tells you anything. Everybody wins, except their future employers of course.

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    • Happy Endings was cancelled way too soon, especially compared to the other crap that is on network TV.

      Unfortunately, Student A represents a large number of my students, her cases/excuses were extreme, but not completely normal. You are right grade inflation is becoming a huge issue in higher education . . . well in the high school levels too. Although the professors are inflating grades, they are also pressured by administrator to raise grades too. For example, I used to moonlight as a grade for the NYS Regents Exams (basically New York State’s version of a Subject SAT). The graders were told if a student was withing 5 points of passing, to “give” them extra points in the student response sections. Often, especially for state and city schools, funding allocations are dependent on how well these students score on these exams and how many colleges accept them. Grade inflation pretty much is going to remain ingrained in the US education system . . . to the determent of the future workforce.

      Did you attend ODU full time or just to take that extra chemistry course?

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  2. All I can say about that student is WOW. And given Ralph’s comment above… I guess we might dealing with the aftermath of the “everyone gets a trophy” syndrome. Good for you for standing your ground.

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