Courtesy of a link provided by CenTexTim, we find an article titled 'Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve'. It begins like this.
... plenty of professors have told me that when many of their students get to college, they lug into the classroom a sense of academic entitlement—a belief that their papers and exams should be graded on how hard they’ve worked, not how well they’ve mastered the material. When they don’t receive the grades they think they deserve, many take the matter up with the graders.
When that happens, one thing becomes clear: Their feelings about the quality of their work often don’t match the reality of their performance. Instead of seeing their grades as a reflection of how well they interpreted or executed their assignments, some students will come to a different conclusion: The assignment was too difficult. Or my professor doesn’t get me.
The author goes on to quote letters written to students by a number of professors, explaining (in astonishingly polite ways) why they aren't going to revise their grades. Here's just one example out of many.
Dear Student Who Must Be Out Of Their Mind:
I hope all is well with you. Are you, by any chance, related to the student who failed my class and asked that I give them an A because they “liked the class so much?” I’m just asking because this question you’ve posed is just as silly as that one.
Pursuant to the detailed rubric provided for the assignment that we reviewed in class, the work you did on this paper was questionable. What you turned in was riddled with grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and formatting inconsistencies. Your paper didn’t respond to the prompts for the assignment at all and didn’t even reference the provided course content, let alone go beyond it in any meaningful way. The grade you received is reflective of the fact that what I got was a mash-up of poorly constructed sentences and last minute fooleywang.
And for real, I need you to focus less on the grade and more on the learning. Here’s the thing: had you focused on learning and on effectively completing the assignment, you would have gotten an A. Instead, you’re out here so focused on the grade that your submitted work was well below my expectations and your abilities.
Get your shit together. Please and thank you.
Dr. “I know you didn’t just come to me with this foolishness” Amin
There's more at the link. Highly recommended reading. Entertaining, but simultaneously infuriating!
I'm afraid I'm completely out of touch with this sort of attitude. I can't even begin to understand it. I completed four university qualifications; three degrees and a post-graduate certificate. Every one was paid for out of my own pocket; every one was completed through distance education and part-time study (because I couldn't afford to study full-time); and every one required that I submit a certain number of assignments and projects for every course and module. If my grades weren't up to scratch, I didn't even get to sit the examination, much less pass that subject!
Where the hell do students come from today with this "I'm entitled!" bull? If I'd tried any of that nonsense, I wouldn't have had to worry about my professors. My own father would have taken the time, trouble and expense to travel to wherever I was, just so he could save them the trouble of kicking my backside back into line! Seems to me someone should motivate a lot more fathers to do likewise . . .