Thursday, December 10, 2009

You Keep Using that Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

Stu failed the College Algebra final and, as described on the syllabus, therefore, failed the course. It plainly says on the syllabus that if you fail the final, you fail the course no matter what your average is. Stu missed the cutoff by over a dozen points and alleges to have a passing average.

Stu describes this situation as "unfair."

You can get good grades in law school and fail the bar exam, in which case you can not practice law.

You can get good grades in medical school and fail the boards, in which case you can not practice medicine.

Similarly, you can get good grades during the semester and fail the final, in which case you can not move on to the next course.

I wouldn't call this "unfair." I would call this "completely justified."