When Christ Jesus identified himself to John’s disciples by his works, preaching the gospel to the poor was significant because it represented a leveling of the playing field. Divine favor, faith in and access to it was no longer for the wealthy few but was now being delivered to the unwashed many by the very Son of God Himself. How it appears to have morphed in the past 2000 years back into a privilege owing to an elite club is baffling. Blogging about it is one way to take the fight for God’s glory back to the streets, virtually perhaps, but such messages are increasingly available on both sides of the digital divide.
Finished grading the term’s submissions an hour before quitting time today. That constitutes a personal best to be sure. I’m not finished as there are three who’ve yet to complete assignments. All three have been given the same extension. Two are working to finish. One went to the department head for an over-ride to withdraw in the last week of the semester. Of the first two, one got derailed by challenges in her family life. The other’s job diverted his attentions. The third had technical difficulties which I suspect were real enough but not sufficient excuse for shoddy work on the submissions he did post.
What I wonder is why do some students feel entitled to ask for a bailout and others take responsibility for their fates? Is this class conditioning? Culture? Not gender given there is one male on both sides of this equation. Perhaps it’s not privilege, but a history of having someone take your part and a resulting expectation that such should continue. In a perfect world, this should be everyone’s experience. But what’s the purpose of a withdrawal policy in the first place?