The Cheeky Prof, too, relates an email from a student she considers "cheeky" (which only makes me jealous that I can't just use it too, because it says so very much). Cheeky Prof's student assumes that s/he can just transfer from one section of a class to another.
This is all beginning to feel a bit like a meme, isn't it? (And is "meme" pronounced "me me" or "meem," as I'd pronounce it from anthro and stuff?)
I've had one extraordinarily amusing (see, I wish I could say "cheeky") student email this past week. Disguised to protect the innocent (yeah, the innocent), here's the basics:
Dear Professor Bardiac (yes, when students want something, I suddenly acquire a title),
I was just informed that the grade I got in your class means that I'll be forced to retake the class again. Was my work really that bad? Couldn't you just change the grade so I don't have to take the class again? If not, could we get together to talk so that I could do something to get the grade changed so that I wouldn't have to take that class again?
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, /s/ Student
My mind just boggles. I'm supposed to change the grade? Does she think I didn't realize that the grade she earned which I put into the system meant that she'd have to retake the class? (as she would have known if she'd read the university requirements.)
And what "something" does she have in mind? Is she thinking she can write an extra journal or essay or something, and I'll be thrilled to read more not very good work and raise her grade? (Because, realistically, she earned the grade she got through doing not very good work; why would I want to read MORE not very good work, or how would that possibly raise her average meaningfully?)
OR, could "something" have been meant to imply something a little more, errr, interesting? Is she, to recall that OLD joke about the prostitute who offers to do "anything" a guy wants for $200, going to "paint my house"?
To be honest, I think she just hasn't thought through the implications of what she said on that kind of level (and would probably be shocked that I might see implications there, but then, I'm pre-reading the "Miller's Tale" so my mind is just right there). She certainly hasn't thought about the practical implications: imagine if EVERY student who wants a higher grade were allowed to do additional work AFTER a course ends. Heck, even I'd have managed decent grades as an undergrad with that sort of system.
And then, of course, there's the troubling ethical thing, but I'm sure she didn't even imagine that.
Nope, she imagines that it will be TORTURE retaking the class... Thanks, I'm so very glad to know you felt that way about the semester.