The University of Georgia prof was told to abandon his harebrained plan.
But what a shame: These students would really have gotten an excellent preparation for life…on Planet Zog, where everyone gets a unicorn, the sun always shines, money grows on trees, and people sing Kumbaya in the streets.
The University of Georgia has made Professor Richard Watson remove a “stress reduction policy” from two of his course syllabi after facing national backlash for the practice.
As Campus Reform reported Monday, Watson had adopted a policy that would allow students who felt “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course” to “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” required….
“If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members,” the policy added, saying such students could “discontinue all further group work” with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”….
Without the stress of gravity, bones get fragile, ligaments get weak, and muscles waste. This is what is happening to the minds of our younger generations. They need more gravity. Good luck being able to choose your salary once you leave the bubble that is your college environment.
BTW, this is not a liberal arts class — he’s a business school professor. Oh my.
During the Jurassic era when I was in college, my school allowed you to take 4 of your classes over the 4 yrs. as pass/fail, only one in your major. 2 main thoughts behind that policy. 1) it allowed the student to stretch and take some classes that they had an interest in but not necessarily an aptitude for, and 2) for all the money that you spent for the classes, it allowed the student some additional protection against the probability that you run into some prof. that you will never get a good grade from (regardless of reason). I liked/still like that policy. I took 3 classes pass/fail. Held one in reserve in case I ran into something unexpected as a senior.