Attendance in College - Paper

2499 Words Jun 1st, 2008 10 Pages
Attendance in College
“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.” – Peter Drucker
Can it then be said that when a student becomes obsolete, professors make required attendance policies? In my opinion, a good professor wouldn’t need a mandatory attendance policy because hopefully they will have structured their course(s) in such a way that lack of attendance will unquestionably harm performance on tests and papers. I can only imagine that professors enforce these policies because nobody would come to class otherwise. My paper is going to argue that although there is a correlation between class attendance and high grades, this correlation can only be applied to students that make an effort to understand the
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Making sure I don’t fall into a fallacy of some sort by claiming that students already know that which the professor is prepared to lecture on, I’m going to reposition my argument.
The problem is that professors are judging students before they even come into the classroom. I’m tired of making up excuses for missing class. I’m going to hell for how many times my grandmother “died” this year. Why is it not equally excusable to say, “Hey, my parents are poor. I work practically every hour I’m not in class to pay for school, and this deadline just doesn’t work for me.” The truth is that my professor considers class a priority, where my manager at work considers her business the priority. So the big question is “Where is my priority?”
It’s because of biases like the one in Stuart Silverstein’s article, “The iPod Took My Seat” that there seems to be a slight confusion. Silverstein writes, “Skipping classes, particularly big lectures where an absence is likely to go undetected, is a time-honored tradition among college undergraduates who party too late or swap notes with friends.” However, I’d like to clarify the difference between a slacker not attending classes, and a working student who is simply tired, and needs additional time at home to complete the

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