In lead author Ellen Greenbergerâ€™s study â€œSelf-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factorsâ€ she explores the sense of entitlement students have toward their grades. Hard work is confused with quality work.
Questions to consider:
1. How do you determine what you feel your grade should be in a class?
2. Do you feel that doing the minimum warrants an A?
3. What is your advice for students unhappy with their grades?
By MAX ROOSEVELT,
Posted February 17, 2009 at www.nytimes.com
Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded papers in his English classes at the University of Maryland.
â€œMany students come in with the conviction that theyâ€™ve worked hard and deserve a higher mark,â€ Professor Grossman said. â€œSome assert that they have never gotten a grade as low as this before.â€
He attributes those complaints to his studentsâ€™ sense of entitlement.
â€œI tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,â€ he said. â€œThat is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.â€
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