- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I am teaching a few classes at the local university over the summer, and was super excited to meet some of my co-workers in the department. I really liked most of them, though there were a few that weren’t very social, so I don’t really have a like/dislike opinion about them. However, I was setting up my office space, which is more like a cubicle, and I overheard a conversation between one of my co-workers and a student of hers. It was a pretty nasty conversation, though I tried not to judge because I had no idea this student’s track record, she could have been a pain all year. Basically the conversation went something along the lines of the student asking for her grade to be re-evaluated because by her calculations she should have had a C, but ended up wth a D, and my co-worker stating that at grades were final, however she did ask if the student had done extra credit. The student said yes, and she felt those points weren’t calculated into her grade. My co-worker then asked “Did you do ALL of them?”, to which the student replied, “No, I couldn’t make it to author reading because I was going out of state to visit my family, but I did all the others, but I don’t think I got credit for them.”
My co-worker made a sound, as if the girl had offended her greatly, and told her that she had to do complete ALL extra credit assignments to get credit for any of them. The girl sounded genuinely shocked and said she didn’t know that. At this point I assume my co-worker showed her the syllabus and the girl said “That sounded like all parts of the extra credit had to be completed, not that you had to do all of them.” To which my co-worker replied, “Then obviously you deserve your grade because your reading comprehension skills are lacking.” The girl kind of dropped it at this point and just left, though she did say some things I couldn’t make out. My co-worker came over to me after that, with a smirk, and said “Have fun dealing with kids thinking that crocodile tears will get them a better grade. My advice to you: Be tough and don’t give in.” I gave her a half-smile, made some small talk, and then asked to see her syllabus, as I wanted to work on mine. However, that is only part of the reason, the other reason was that I wanted to read the extra credit clause. My co-worker obliged my request and let me borrow her syllabus. <br /><br />Under the section discussing extra credit, extra credit assignments are explained to have 2-4 parts (some of which will require students to travel an hour to go to certain locations), and there will be a total of 5 extra credit assignments throughout the semester, each worth 20 points, equalling a grand total of 100 points. Then she includes this statement: “To receive points on ANY extra credit assignment you must complete ALL parts. Failure to do so will result in no points being awarded.”<br /><br />I have to admit, I side with the student on this, though I do understand how that statement could mean “You must complete all 5 extra credit assignments to receive any extra credit points.” It is just poorly worded, especially with it being stated that each assignment is worth 20 points, and that there will be 2-4 parts per assignment. I feel that my co-worker was unjustly rude to the girl with the reading comprehension statement, and I don’t remember having any professors like her when I was an undergraduate student. I did have a few professors later on that were extremely strict, but I still don’t think any of them would have insulted me like that, deserving or not.
I just don’t get being rude. There is a difference between being strict/tough and being rude. Tough would have been to clearly state that all extra credit assignments must be completed to receive any extra credit points and then stick to it. Rude would be what this co-worker did. Sorry for the rant.