I had an interesting experience today…
It was an exchange with a student I’ll call A.
A is in my logic class, she’s smart, articulate and hard working… and doing fairly well in logic.
A didn’t do well on the last quiz, so she’ll have to take the final — about half of my students end up taking the final and it’s no big deal…. except to A.
Me: Well, you’ll have to take the final.
A: What happens if I take the C final?
Me: your grade is limited to a C, no matter what your percentage is.
A: I want to take the B final, then… because I want a B.
Me: There is no B final, there’s an A/B final that has problems from the last two sections of the course.
A: I don’t like the last section, but I like the one before it.. I want to take a final on that one.
Me: That final doesn’t exist.
A: But, I want to take that final. Is there any way I can do it.
A: really, I don’t like using the last set of rules, so I think I’ll take the B final.
Me: because there is no such thing…
A: but I don’t understand the last set of rules.
Me: then you can take the C final.
A: but I want a B, let me take that final…
lather, rinse and repeat for a while —
Other students were watching in amazement as she thought she could negotiate a new final out of me… and laughing.
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