Yesterday’s class was a bit of a challenge. Of the thirteen students still taking the class, only eight showed up. Of those eight, only four were prepared to give the speech that was due for that class. One student got an extension because she, quite literally, had no voice. The rest of the unprepared students received zeros for the day. One young man had the nerve to kick up a fuss about this, but I directed him to the part in the syllabus that says “work is expected on the day it is due. Late work will not be accepted,” and he rather sheepishly backed down.
I find it interesting that, even as adults, students continue to push their instructors in these kinds of ways.