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    Oberlin College refused to dismiss protesting students’ failing grades

    Oberlin College refused to dismiss protesting students’ failing grades

    A hefty dose of reality does the youngster good

    Kids these days.

    Students who neglected their studies to protest the Michael Brown grand jury decision were disappointed when their appeal to the administration for special accommodations during finals was rejected.

    According to Fox News Cleveland:

    Over 1,300 Oberlin students signed a petition for college administrators asking for understanding and “alternative modes of learning” as they continue to cope with what’s happening across the country.

    They asked for the normal grading system to be “replaced with a no-fail mercy period,” and said “basically no student …especially students of color should be failing a class this semester.”

    In response, Oberlin President Marvin Krislov said that he understands their concerns and that he and the Academic Deans took the request seriously, however “we are in firm agreement that suspending grading protocols is not the way to achieve our shared goal of ensuring that students have every opportunity and resource to succeed,” he said in a statement.

    Administrators did offer students some assistance in the form of counseling and other support services. They also added increased flexibility in terms of students making “incomplete requests.”

    They also extended the deadline for students to change from “a grade to the pass/no pass” option.

    You may remember that Harvard law students pleaded for the cancellation of finals unsuccessfully. Students at Columbia’s law school received their holiday wish when the administration agreed to cancel finals.

    Good on Oberlin College for standing strong.

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    If they fail, they fail. It’s a good life lesson. That part about people of color needing special privileges is condescending and racist.


     
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    ugottabekiddinme | December 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

    You live with the consequences of your actions. Even before I grew up, I had learned that.

    Sure, admittedly this is ancient history and I have grown much more conservative over the past decades, but…

    my college days stretched from LBJ’s first big escalation of the Viet Nam war (fall ’65) till a few months after Dick Nixon first took office (Jan ’69, which we all thought would be the end of the world). Until I got into a major and got serious about it, my mediocre grades reflected my preoccupation with anti-war and draft protests. Thus, my GPA was relatively low. Did anyone suggest a do-over or to be excused? Of course not. Hope these kids will learn at least one lesson from this: actions have consequences.


       
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      Gremlin1974 in reply to ugottabekiddinme. | December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, but you have to remember that progressives don’t believe in individual responsibility, because if you are individually responsible and free then most of their arguments don’t work. There is no individual “poor person” that they say are being oppressed, its just “the poor”. There is no individual “person of color” that is being oppressed, it is “people of color”.

    Think they’ll learn something….HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.


     
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    DaveGinOly | December 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    My ex was a new professor (at a university that shall remain unnamed) and two of her students had not been attending classes and had not completed assignments. She flunked them. The parents complained to the dean. The dean backed the students/parents. The administration was more concerned with having warm bodies in seats (=money) than in assuring that academic standards were maintained. She quit on them two weeks before the next year’s classes were about to begin (during which they were expecting her to teach three or four classes). My ex didn’t play dat. They screwed with her, she screwed them back.


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