Found an interesting article in today's NY Times, "Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes". Basically the article talks about how these whiny new breed of college students expect that they should get A's because they: go to lectures, read the required texts, and do the work.
Some of my fav quotes from the piece:
“I think putting in a lot of effort should merit a high grade,” Mr. Greenwood said. “What else is there really than the effort that you put in?” “If you put in all the effort you have and get a C, what is the point?” he added. “If someone goes to every class and reads every chapter in the book and does everything the teacher asks of them and more, then they should be getting an A like their effort deserves. If your maximum effort can only be average in a teacher’s mind, then something is wrong.”
And then there is this gem:
Sarah Kinn, a junior English major at the University of Vermont, agreed, saying, “I feel that if I do all of the readings and attend class regularly that I should be able to achieve a grade of at least a B.”
THESE KIDS ARE WACKJOBS!
It seems like a long time ago, but I started undergrad in 2000 and graduated in 2004 (8 semesters, no summers, and a degree in chemistry ftw!). I NEVER felt a sense of entitlement. Maybe it was because I was a engineering/science major. Maybe it was because I was a Black female at a PWI and I knew I had to work my ass off. But whining about how I stayed up all night reading about Henry VIII or finishing a paper on Karl Marx or my physics lab report? Going to office hours to complain about a grade cause I studied a lot even though my score on the test didn't reflect that? HELL FUCKING NO!!!!!!
These kids are the product of the damn hand-holding and whatnot we've been doing to kids for the past 20 years. Now, everybody gets a trophy or a ribbon, why, cause everybody's a winner, that's why. HELL FUCKING NO!!!
These kids have been raised to believe they are "special" and "different" and "unique" which is just bullshit. They are like every other self-indulged, spoiled little brat who has always gotten their way with mommy and daddy. Now they are in college and then they DESERVE to get good grades because THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO! In what world does that get you a rating of "excellent"? How does that show that you have excelled past your peers when your peers are all doing the same thing?
Blah. Just wait until these little self-absorbed whiners hits the real world...they won't be able to make it.
Grow a pair you little whiners and start excelling!
Oh and way to go for the professors who stand up to these little complainers...