Just when I think I’ve seen all there is to see in the ridiculous world of academia, this happens.
The University of Georgia has made Professor Richard Watson remove a “stress reduction policy” from two of his course syllabi after facing national backlash for the practice. As Campus Reform reported Monday, Watson had adopted a policy that would allow students who felt “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course” to “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” required.
Are you kidding me? I thought it was ridiculous when my alma mater, DePaul University, stopped taking ACT scores into consideration for admission. Apparently, you can just write a letter about why you should get in and that passes, but whatever grade you want? I definitely should’ve gone to Georgia.
You want to know what stress reduction policy we had when I was in college? Busch Light. Your worked hard during the week (Monday – Wednesday) and you blew off steam by drinking a 30 rack of Busch Light and blacking out on the front lawn of the library. Stress gone.
Coincidentally, we have the same stress reduction policy as Whiskey Riff. It’s in the fridge.
The policy has since be retracted and the University of Georgia has issued a statement basically saying, and I’m paraphrasing here but something like this: “we’re not completely insane, we think it’s important to actually be smart in college. Grades should be earned.”