Bueller… Bueller… Bueller? How many times have you sat in a college classroom… and a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off played in your head?
I was one of those kids in college who attended every class. Eight in the morning… no problem. Seven to ten at night? Count me in. I loved school, and to be honest, I’d be a forever student if I could.
In college, attendance wasn’t mandatory in my classes, but it was a no-brainer that if you showed up, and participated, the teacher might be a little more generous if you were right on a letter grade line. Class participation it’s called. But, it’s a choice to go to class. You’re not mandated to go… right?
A school in Arizona is trying to change that, well, kind of.
Northern Arizona University is my Alma mater. The small college in the mountains of Flagstaff Arizona is making waves. The school is installing an electric system that will detect when students walk through the doors of some large lecture halls. The system will then produce an attendance report for the instructor.
NAU’s president believes doing so will help school retention, and of course, improve students grades.
Students as you can imagine, are not happy about the plan. They’ve even started a Facebook page against the idea.
Read more about the proposed electronic attendance taker here.
My question is, what if I forget the card, but I’m really in class. Or, I guess I could just give my card to my best friend to carry for me.
In my opinion college is about choices. I chose to go to class, because I liked it, and after all, I was working towards a career that I’d wanted to do forever. I learned to be more responsible, and my hard work paid off in the end. We’re not forced to do anything. After all, how long can young adults be watched?
What do you think of this plan? Fair… not fair? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.