The dumbing down of America’s college students continues with more coddling by yet another college professor. UG Terry College of Business Data Management professor Rick Watson says that his students who are feeling “stressed out” can just give themselves grades that will make them feel better. Or something.
The Blaze reports:
A professor at the University of Georgia will allow his fall semester students to pick their own grades in an effort to reduce the stress levels of his students.
UG Terry College of Business Data Management professor Rick Watson detailed his classroom’s “stress reduction policy” on his course syllabus online, explaining that even though students may refer to their notes and books during testing, they can still request — and be granted — a grade change.
“Emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved. In order to avoid such situations in this class, the following policies will apply,” the course syllabus stated.
The extremely lax testing policy is listed in detail on the syllabus: all tests will be open book and open notes, including the use of a laptop, all tests are designed so that the majority of students can finish in half the allotted time, and students are expected to achieve only “low level mastery of the course material.”
. . . . And although Watson said he recognized his style of teaching might not help students achieve a higher understanding of the course material, he tossed that responsibility back on his students.
“While this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material, ultimately these are your responsibility. I will provide every opportunity for you to gain high level mastery,” he wrote.
Parents are paying for this unprofessional dereliction of duty?!