Lazy students, teachers turn to Twitter to avoid finals

So this is a thing, now.

Across the Twitterverse this week, high school and college kids are making deals with their professors and teachers, who are supposed to be in the business of educating students.

The students approach the teachers to get them to let the kid out of finals if the kid gets people to retweet the announcement on Twitter.

In this case, it’s a football player in Moorhead.

The young man might well be an “A” student, but teachers send a terrible message with this stuff. Because if there’s one thing America needs, it’s more kids graduating with a specialty in retweeting.

Maybe this is the one that should be retweeted:

  • KTN

    Second semester Con Law (undergrad) class, at the U. Hard course, lots of work (25 cases briefed), and the discussions in class were invaluable, mostly because we all worked so hard, had such passion about the subject, and well, a bunch of budding lawyers all wanting to show their mettle.
    Walked into the room for the final, with one prop each, as much info as you could fit on one, 5×8 notecard.
    The Professor walked in, asked about how hard we had studied the night before, and then said he was going to pass out a piece of paper with our current grade. If we were satisfied with that grade, we would not be required to take the final.
    The class was rewarded for hard work, and a keen understanding of the material presented throughout the semester. I still get chills thinking about that day (98% was good enough for me not to take the final).
    A group of us then went to a local coffee house, and talked about the various cases we briefed, talked about our futures, and did exactly what ought to have happened – we continued our education.
    This is how finals should be eliminated – not with tweets.

    • Kassie

      I think for most classes, finals should be eliminated all together, unless they are take home/open book. There are very few times in my real life that I’ve needed to know something I learned in college and couldn’t look it up. There are some exceptions, like maybe language classes, but for the most part, by college, memorizing things in order to forget them within a week after is not useful at all.

      • KTN

        I wouldn’t disagree, but this class was different.

        We all knew how everyone else was doing, and the level of daily discussion showed that everyone, was reading everything, and that then made the stakes a bit higher.

        This was a class full of really bright kids, most of whom went off to law school, and who were also competitive, so we all wanted to ace that final (the previous semester was take home, open book), so although prepared with 25 cases jammed into our heads, this was one cumulative test I was looking forward to taking.

      • Andy

        Sometimes it’s about learning to follow the rules, complete tasks and do what is asked of you. I want to know how many of these new grads will be able to retweet their way out of an actual job assignment? This is absolutely horrifying.

  • John O.

    Hope these folks are ready for the real world. 10,000 retweets won’t get you out of having to deal with a dissatisfied customer who is ready to take their business elsewhere, putting you and your coworkers at risk of being laid off.

  • Jim G

    This trend needs to stop. Teachers, what are you teaching your students with this stunt? Don’t be their friend, be their teacher. Do your job. Give the final. Score the final. Include the results in the grade earned. The job is not finished until all grades legitimately earned are recorded.

  • bp

    Across the river from Moorhead in Fargo schools, if you’re a senior running a high enough percentage in the class with no unexcused absences, you don’t have to take the 2nd semester final–unless you want to.

  • X.A. Smith

    You think it would be easy to get all of those teachers fired.

  • ajdematteo

    Well, if your career goal is to be a social media specialist, it might look good on a resume. That’s about the only benefit can see.

  • Alleia

    Oh great, another apocalyptic anecdote about a rare oddity in teaching. Is this really a thing? I am a teacher and it’s the first I’ve heard of it. Few teachers have choices anymore regarding what’s on a final test, much less whether or not to give one. Nothing like a sensational bad teacher story during PTA’s National Teacher Appreciation Week.