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Paying Attention in Class

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With respect to Glenn Reynolds's post on students not paying attention in class being their problem and not his, I agree with it. I think that by the time students enter college, it's there responsibility to manage their time. If a student can learn the material without attending every class, more power to them.

I don't think professors should employ mechanisms to promote class attendance, like making a proportion of the grade depend of the results of attendance rosters or pop quizzes. These tend to dilute the amount of weight that the retention or application of knowledge provides to a student's grade, and reduces the meaningfulness of the course grade. It tends to penalize students who know or can find out the material on their own, while rewarding those who merely attend class without learning anything.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-01-02 00:50

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