I did it yesterday.
I flunked every single student in one class.
It was just an assignment, but you'd have thought I murdered their whole families (or deleted their Twitter accounts.)
The dumbest students I've ever had. They refuse to read directions.
The sheet said that you MUST include a well-integrated quote from the text. This is a concept we cover often. They had their texts with them. We've done it on the white board. (This is just one example of what they failed to do.) 4 out of 30 did it right.
Two other things they had to accomplish in this tiny in-class assignment. Not a single student got all three parts right. Most didn't even get ONE item right. There was such laziness in the answers, just the kind of lackadaisical approach that more and more of us see in our students.
It was one of those days when - as I passed out the assignment - someone said, "Do we have to do this?"
"No," I said. "You can go home. You are ALWAYS free to go home."
"And this won't count against us?!?!" Someone said excitedly.
"Well of course it will. Are you kidding? It all counts. It all matters. What you do in here matters; in fact it's the whole idea of living on the planet with the other humans."
Fuck me. I just want to cry. Not for them. For me. I don't know how to do anything else.