When a student reached out to an adjunct professor at Colorado State University to say that he would be turning an assignment late because he couldn’t deal with the election results this past Tuesday, the professor didn’t respond in the way he probably expected.
The message, captured and sent exclusively to Independent Journal Review, is found here:
The student begins, “…I just wanted to let you know why I haven’t posted yet this week. The election of the most evil hateful person to ever run for president has me very upset and I need time to process it all and get centered…”
The student then makes his big “ask.”
“I’d appreciate not getting points docked…”
Although the ask seems to be more of a statement than a question.
The Colorado State University professor simply responded by sending the student an excerpt of the late work policy.
“The Original Post must be completed by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. MT and Peer Responses posted by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. MT. In accordance with the grading rubric, late posts will not be awarded full points.”
The professor gave Independent Journal Review an additional comment on the incident and her insight into the disturbing trend she is seeing among college students and professors today, in the wake of the recent election, saying:
“Students need to realize that we live in a republic where majority rules. That means that the person you voted for doesn’t always win, but you have to just deal with it. I was upset both times Obama won, but I dealt with it. Colleges and professors who baby their students because they’re upset over the election are not doing them any favors. Throwing a tantrum or becoming a basket case when life doesn’t go your way is not how adults behave.”
She then echoes what all of us have been thinking about these students will fare in the real world:
“I can’t imagine what these students will do once they enter the workforce and have a difficult boss or a challenging project, or have personal setbacks. We are raising a generation of crybabies who can’t handle life, and if they don’t get it together I’m very worried for the future of this country.”
Good luck, future employers.