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Monday. 11.3.14 10:48 am
Why is it that people do not obey deadlines? The worst are college students. There are deadlines for college applciations,for scholarship applcations, financial aid and special programs. What makes even less sense is that administrators and faculty will "extend" deadlines to accomodate the students. No! You are enabling them to become irresponsible adults! That's what you are doing. If you hand out the syllabus at the begining of the semester they have a whole 2.5 months to prepare. Why are you giving them one more week!!?? You are enabling!I want to help students learn how to succeed in life. If you miss your job interview, they will not tell you, "that's okay just come in tomorrow at the same time." If you are suppose to show up in court and you miss it, the judge will not say, "I understand, le'ts reschedule." Students need to understand what a hard dealine is.

As a parent, I feel bad when my child is so close to finishing and just needs one more day. But, I'm not going to ask him/her to beg the teacher for one more day. I am going to get on my child for not preparing sooner, not starting sooner, not proof reading their work, checking the ink in the printer, etc.

That is me just showing that I care for my child and the child of another. I want to help people learn how to help themselves in see the world for what it really is not for what it isnt. Am I wrong? Should I encourage them to challenge the rules at every opportunity?

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I think it's okay to extend deadlines if there's a good reason for it. A good reason isn't something like "I forgot" though. Sometimes life just smashes into you and you can't do the work on time, and I don't think there's anything wrong with a professor being understanding about that.
» randomjunk on 2014-11-03 11:33:00

I guess I have so many coming accross my desk with reasons that do not justify lieniency. Like, "I knew the deadline was today but I didnt not know I had to do so much work." or "nobody told me I had to do this and that." "how do I get my transcripts." I am one of the most understanding people I know. haha. But I have to draw the line somewhere.

I was told once that you have to be cruel to be kind. It took me a while to get it but when you do it is a "lightbulb" moment. hee hee.
» KKama67 on 2014-11-04 12:13:02

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