Teachers - are you frustrated?
Original post made by Inquiring Teacher, another community, on Oct 4, 2009
I would be interested in hearing back from teachers at the college level (community college, university) what they think of general observations of entitlement they see amongst students.
It seems to be that many students feel entitled to a good grade with only minimal effort. They don't realize that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Furthermore, some students seem peeved when they are expected to stick to the rules that specify minimum standards for behavior, as in not copying the work of other students, arriving to class on time, turning in assignments on schedule, etc. When grades are adjusted downward to account for rules having been broken (ie late papers), they complain or act surprised at being held accountable for their actions. Some lash out and complain to administrators regarding a teacher's insistence that they stick by the rules (the rules of which were approved by said administrators).
In addition, there seems to be an undercurrent within the educational community that it is more important to make the students feel good about themselves than it is to make sure they learn the material. This is reflected in teacher evaluation forms (filled out by students) that focus more on how the student feels about the class (was the teacher sensitive to their needs?) rather than on whether or not they learned something in the course (ie "did the course teach you the skills you will need for your next course?")
Has anyone thought about these issues and figured out how to deal with the sense of entitlement and seeming inability to follow rules that many students seem to have issues with?