Daniel R. Marburger: Does Mandatory Attendance Improve Student Performance

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Register to read the introduction… Daniel R. Marburger writes in his essay, “Does Mandatory Attendance Improve Student Performance,” that from an economic standpoint, the issue becomes one of time allocation, as the students choose between competing academic and nonacademic uses of their time. With online courses, the added benefit is that material is then accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If attendance policies are designed to weed out slackers, one of the biggest assets to online courses is that there can’t be any slackers. In an online environment, attendance is only evident if the student actually participates in the classroom discussion. I can’t help but draw the conclusion that participation should replace mere presence in the classroom. How is the quiet student in the back earning more points by physicality? Education has then left the grading rubric. One of the compelling arguments for takings an online class is that participation is much less intimidating than in a physical classroom. Increasing student interaction and diversity of opinion, anonymity caters to unfiltered discussion typically reversed by seating arrangement, gender, race, and/or age. Personally, as a writer, it takes me a bit more time to gather my thoughts. Thus, having the ability to comment when I’m ready boosts my confidence in not feeling as though conversation has surpassed me. Though online courses may be one solution to abolishing attendance policies in the classroom, …show more content…
I want to ask how it’s then acceptable for teachers to be absent/cancel class. This article discusses a troubling statistic that may hinder student’s education as teacher absentee ratings increase.
5. "Mandatory Attendance Legal?" Free Advice. 27 Apr. 2008. 2 May 2008 <http://forum.freeadvice.com/showthread.php?referrerid=246160&t=406602>.
a. This bulletin includes a combination of students and legal advice regarding the topic of whether failing a student because of lack of attendance is legal. I want to explore the bulletin posted by one person saying that a girl in Washington was failed from a class for lack of attendance and she took it to court. Apparently, the superior court determined that since she paid for her classes it was her right to choose whether she would attend or not and if she turned in all the required materials for the class, there was no reason for the instructor to fail her.
6. Stuart Silverstein. "THE STATE; COLUMN ONE; The iPod Took My Seat; As college professors post lectures online, they're seeing a rise in absenteeism. A low- tech response to no-shows: more surprise quizzes :[HOME EDITION]. " Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles, Calif.] 17 Jan. 2006,A.1. Los Angeles Times. ProQuest. 7 May. 2008

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