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PostSubject: Re: 75% Attendence Rate - Opinions   7th December 2012, 7:51 pm

Oh....hmmm I dont think that's for every child though.

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PostSubject: Re: 75% Attendence Rate - Opinions   7th December 2012, 8:09 pm

It's not, but I do think some kids could benefit from it. I'm pretty sure they are pricey though so that's also a factor.
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PostSubject: Re: 75% Attendence Rate - Opinions   7th December 2012, 8:10 pm

Oh, I bet they are! Lol we're getting off topic now.

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PostSubject: Re: 75% Attendence Rate - Opinions   9th December 2012, 8:24 am

Updated with my essay draft. I mostly just need a suggestion for the purely supporting argument in paragraph 2 near the bottom. Conclusion not included because I have to summarize all of the paragraphs. Thank you!

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The typical college and university semesters average out at around sixteen weeks. In that time period, a standard attendance requirement of 75% if given. When the math is tallied, that allots a student approximately eight days of classroom time that they are allowed to miss before they are dropped from that course in question. Due to the issues that brings up, especially for those on financial aide, many cannot afford the probationary time frame. On the side of the students, some would argue that the allotment simply isn’t enough, or is entirely pointless. Maintaining the mandatory attendance rate would not only be in favor of the teaching staff, however, but also the student body. In estimating attendance rates, the method offers a simplistic means of truancy management. Although the student body of a university is adult in majority, upholding the minimum would benefit them just as much as it would adolescents in test-readiness and keeping their flow of classroom benefits steady.

Main Arguments - Pro/Con
Due to the 75% requirements in terms of attendance, many full-time students find that life does not stop for a busy schedule, and personal and academic obligations often find themselves clashing. If the policy were to be dropped, students would have more time to focus on daily and mid-term projects, and in results, receive better grades throughout the semester for the rearranged time placement. / On the other hand, abolishing the policy would give students free reign to skip as many classroom days as they wish, which also means the student is choosing to skip time for discussion on problem areas within their subject or opportunities for bonus material that are only given to students who arrive when they should. Due to that, on a purely time-centric level, abolishment would hurt a student more than it would benefit them. [+9]

Students that are taking simpler courses in conjunction with more study-intensive ones find that they would rather devote the classroom time of the less difficult courses towards the homework for others, which they might have more than enough time for if it were not for the attendance rate requirement. To make an appearance in class, for a discussion that only might benefit them for ten or twenty minuets, simply may not be worth the student’s time. / The ability to complete one’s work does not equal dedication, and nor are the two always shown to be connected. Regardless of a student’s intellectual aptitude, continual absences only show that they are unmotivated. Some students take time-and-a-half amounts of courses in order to graduate ahead of schedule, and those that do find the “easy” courses often have a light workload and are still required for a degree. Skipping them, which also would hurt a student’s GPA, makes no sense.

In the past several years, there have been leaps and bounds of improvement in technology. Because of that, hybridizing all courses should be fairly simple - if more time consuming the first semester that it is instated - for the professors. As a good portion of the semester’s work is planned prior to the start of it, it would be perfectly reasonable for the teaching staff to upload it to Blackboard or a like website. That would give students no excuse to fall behind even if they did miss a class. / Even if the coursework was hybridized for future semesters, the entire point of taking a lecture-style class is for interaction and working face-to-face with one another. To take that type of course and then simply refuse to make an appearance defeats the point of that teaching style, and considering it was the student who signed up for the course, they should take responsibility and maintain attendance.

With the current absence penalties as they are, it encourages sick students to attend no matter how contagious their aliment is. That in turn leaves both teaching staff and other parts of the student body ill later, and furthermore, is unfair to students with full-time jobs and unshakable obligations. For those that truly try, but have conflicting schedules, it isn’t fair to punish them. / Like their students, however, professors are human. Life does happen, and they understand that. Unless one’s professor is immensely inflexible, explaining one’s absence ahead of time would benefit both individuals involved. A student has a variety of methods in the case of one or two necessary absences to make up for it, such as sitting next to someone who consistently takes good notes and asking them to help study during the duration of one’s absence. As long as the issue is communicated, it will be more likely that the professor will offer make-up work or simply reschedule homework from the syllabus if the reason is valid.

Additional Arguments (Purely 'cons' for my side):
In order to encourage full attendance and raising grades, however, universities may begin taking a leaf out of some highschool books in the form of a compromise. Although it wouldn’t be in the direction of easing the attendance requirement, allotting “A” grade students with a steady attendance some form of test exemption would not only encourage those with the that standard to maintain it, but it would also light the fire of students with less drive. / If all else fails, though, allowing a professor to use their authority may motivate like no other. Because students skipping class will always be an issue, removing the penalties associated with attendance removes any motivation for the troubled student body to show up at all. Giving professors the power to drop a student from their course when they are not exerting the effort necessary to pass has been proven to be a sound motivator.

Group projects /=/ not nearly enough wordcount. Paragraph cut.
Time management? Need suggestions for #2.

When considered, the academic years are technically a child’s job. As that child grows, from adolescence to adulthood, they learn to juggle schooling and basic service work. Many cultures consider it their protege’s sole responsibility to do well in their academics so that they may do well in the workforce when they are older. In drawing a conclusion from that, they view schooling years as preparation for a career. Taking that mindset into account, the driving force behind education-oriented responsibilities does make sense. With the ever increasing competition within job markets, the better grades that a student has to their name upon graduation, the easier it will be for them to secure living wages. Unlike a university, however, a career would not be so understanding about a 25% absence rate. A worker with such a poor sense of responsibility and ethic would soon find themselves jobless. [+3.]

This is the rough draft, so here are the basic notes on margins:

+# is how much word count I need for the current paragraphs before it hits minimum.

Slashes separate opposing arguments from mine in the pro/con, and the slash in the first purely supporting argument is cause/effect. Final paragraph stands completely on it's own.
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PostSubject: Re: 75% Attendence Rate - Opinions   9th December 2012, 5:31 pm

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The typical college and university semesters average out at around sixteen weeks. In that time period, a standard attendance requirement of 75% if given.
if Is that a typo?

Just as a side-note for the hybridization section, some professors/teachers are worried about placing some content online for various reasons. One such reason is that they are worried that online content discourages students from coming to class. Another reason, take it as you will, is that some professors/teachers are worried about how that information will be distributed once it is online. Once that content is online, then the professor/teacher has lost a certain amount of control over that information.

Of course, this attendance policy is aimed toward the attendance of students, so this paper is very student-oriented in theme. However, I do encourage you to also think about the attendance policy from the teacher's or professor's perspective. The professor also is likely to have multiple responsibilities he or she needs to attend to, such as other classes or research or personal life. You made a similar argument from the student's perspective.

It is also discouraging for a teacher when he or she takes time out of her/his day to prepare materials for students and show up to distribute those materials/knowledge if the students put forth inconsistent effort.

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