Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Stumped Stevo Poses an Early Thirsty. "What Do I Say?"
Okay, I'm revealing my complete newbie-ness as a college proffie.
I teach at neat little college in the middle of nowhere - seriously. We have ALL kinds of students, traditional and returning. But the returning students always sap me. They miss class, but they have great excuses. They come late, but they have sick kids. They hold down 2 part-time jobs and take care of ailing parents.
It's heartbreaking how much they want to pass, how much they need to pass, and I find myself weak in front of them. (They're all older than me.)
The kids? I can handle the kids. They give such lame excuses all the time that I see right through them.
But what do I say to a 55 year old woman who has MS who wants to retake a test because she missed it taking her mother 200 miles for an MRI that had been scheduled and reschedules too many times to cancel?
I suspect I should say that the class must be fair, and all of that, but I swear, in the face of some of these folks, I feel like I can't trot that excuse out on them.
Q: Do I bend? How far? Who should I be fair to?
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