Monday, September 08, 2008

mediocrity run amuck....

i got the following email from one of my students...

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From: Developmental Reading Student
Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Subject: this is your student
To: Ms. Perkins


i was wondering if the essay has to be 2 pages long because i have a full 1 page essay and actually don't have anything else to talk about.

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My first inclination was to respond:

Dear Development Reading Student,
Are you freaking kidding me?

Ms. Perkins


But, instead, I sent something that will make him think twice about sending such a letter to the teacher in the future.. at least I hope:

Developmental Reader,

Just fyi, it's never a good idea to email your teacher (or boss/manager/etc. in the real world) inquiring if mediocrity is acceptable. Your goal as a student, employee and forward thinking individual in this society is to understand what your objective is (ie the guidelines of this or any other assignment) and then figure out how to exceed those guidelines and that objective. Asking if it's okay for you to just get by because you "don't have anything else to talk about" portrays you in more negative light than if you had just turned in your 1-page paper. However, stretching that 1 page to be 1/4 of a page more shows the teacher and YOURSELF that you are really striving to achieve more than what is expected of you while you are here in college, and that's a good habit to pick up as you prepare for a career once you graduate.

See you in class.
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boy oh boy..... the nerve of some people.

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