Sex Ed in Higher Ed

College instructor teaching human sexuality rants about the dumbing down of America, the lost art of manners, grammar and (the perfect combination of both) the thank you note. Also includes random rants about life, pet peeves, and sometimes raves about favorite things.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Oh, the guilt!

Grades for summer session are due by midnight tomorrow night. I received this e-mail at approximately 1:30 p.m. today:

hi Teacher, this is Steve Sleeve from your human sexuality class from summer 1. i am currently trying to enroll in business finance but need proof of my grade in your class before i can register. i need an A- to be able to and im not sure how close i am to it so any help would be greatly appreciated! The counselor informed me that i need an official grade transcript or letter from you by wednesday, July 19th. Thank you very much for your time and I really had a great experience in your class. Steve

Oy. Why do they tell me these things? Because it makes me feel like I'm supposed to, um, do something. And just between you and me and the dozen or so other folks who read this blog, poor Steve is nowhere near an A-. Not even close. So now he won't be able to take his business finance class and although it's not my fault (at all - I am in touch with reality - I know this!), I am still feeling the guilt. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: e-mail is the worst thing to ever happen to higher education.

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Anonymous janet said...

okay, do you REALLY want steve to get into that class, learn business skills, make a lot of money, NOT give it to charity, decide to vote republican, raise spoiled bratty kids that are clones of himself? NO! We don't need any more rich steve sleeves in this world. Steve sleeve needs to learn how to play by the rules. (okay, rant over...been a long day, sorry!)

July 17, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger liberalbanana said...

Is it possible to write him the letter? You don't need to lie in it... You just say "Sure, here's your grade. And it's a C. So too bad." Or you say, "Well, Steve...Your grade is in the C range. So I'm sorry but I'm not wasting my time by writing you a pointless letter." If he complains about the grade, that can only be backed up by facts, so TOO BAD STEVE! Try harder next time, you doofus!

By the way - since when is a grade in one class required before you can sign up for another class? Especially two classes that are completely unrelated. It might sound logical if yours was a prerequisite, but...yeah. Weird.

July 18, 2006 7:23 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I just LOVE how he put in there that he needs an A- in a human sexuality class to get into a business class. Bwahahaha!

I would just enter his grade into the system, then email him to let him know that his grade is already in the system. (Already in the system implies that it was there before he tried bribing/coercing/playing you out of an undeserved A-.) Then he can go down to the student services office and get his official transcript. Let it be a surprise to him when he sees his grade.

Steve a dweeb. Ok, so it doesn't exactly rhyme, but it amused me. LOL!

July 18, 2006 9:36 AM  
Blogger Art Nerd Lauren said...

I feel another line in your syllabus coming on...

July 18, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Fraulein N said...

Not your fault. And Steve totally knows what he's doing, trying to play on your sympathy with his sorry little last-minute e-mail.

Not. Your. Fault.

July 18, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger ColoradoCastaway said...

His whole intent was just that, to make you feel guilty. screw that!! you should be feeling put upon and coerced. give him a "D" just for having the gall to attempt such a thing and move on. If he really needed an "A" he would have tried a little harder.

July 18, 2006 12:10 PM  
Blogger ColoradoCastaway said...

second thought for you to ponder. My brother spent 6 years in a four year program because his grades were not good enough in some classes for him to move forward. NOT ONCE did i ever hear him utter that it was his instructor's fault that he had to retake the courses. he did graduate and get his degree, it took him a little longer by by gob he can be proud to know that it was all his doing and i'm sure his employer is happy he did it that way. And I 'm sure we all will be some day since he is an Electronics Design Engineer for a Pace Maker company!

July 18, 2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Veronica Mitchell said...

"Any help would be greatly appreciated." What does that mean? Reasonable question for the first week of class, but after grades are due? Sad, sad, misplaced hope. Poor schmuck. No reason to feel guilty for someone else's cluelessness.

July 18, 2006 2:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

Do NOT feel guilty about this.
I've had a couple of situations where students needed a certain grade, or just wanted to pass, for that matter, and the numbers just didn't add up. Sometimes, I can fudge a little if they have like a 90 and I can kick it up to an A- depending on their effort, participation, etc. But this sounds like fudging wouldn't bring him anywhere near. I'm with Liberal Banana- Too Bad, Steve.

July 19, 2006 8:38 AM  
Blogger Elisha said...

Maybe you should just remove your email from the syllabus. People did get by with out being able to email their teachers before so they should be able to do it now. I rarely email my teachers. If I have a question I go up to them and ask. I bet that guy has done that to all his teachers when he screws around and gets a not so good grade (which would be all the time.) He needs to learn responsibility for his actions and since you are a teacher........

July 19, 2006 2:18 PM  

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