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Why skip a class that costs students more than most of their weekly budgets?
Missing a class should be optional because when students choose to skip a class they have paid for, it is the same as buying a McDonald’s double cheeseburger and choosing to throw it away.
If someone buys something, they should be able to do with it what they want.
This statement does not mean that missing class is recommended or that it won’t have consequences on grades, but attendance policies should be made independently by students according to how much they want to learn and what kind of experience they expect.
For instance, if someone could afford to miss a class more than the allowed absences by a professor and still be happy with their grade they make on tests, then they are better off for it.
The responsibility of a person’s education and attendance should be their own rather than being looked over by professors and administration.
There are days that are too pretty to go to class. There are days that are too ugly to go to class, and there are the grueling days in between. So if someone feels they can afford it, why not miss some of those days?
The university stipulates that students cannot miss more than 25 percent of classes in order to be able to finish a class. In most cases, this “absence allowance” is to encourage students to pass their classes by being in class more, but natural selection would imply that students who don’t go to class would faze themselves out of the university anyway.
This university holds students to a higher standard than many, keeping men and women separated in residence halls, making sure students go to class, ensuring that everyone parks correctly and handing out fines when university shareholders break the rules, but how does that help teach life lessons?
It fails to teach that students are accountable for their own actions and takes the power to choose from the students.
Our generation needs to step up and take accountability for their actions in an ever-growing world and the university should not hinder students’ ability to reason.
Yes, going to class is the right choice to make, but why not put that decision in the hands of the people that it affects?