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After leaving the nest of public schools, private schools, homeschool, and the multiple regulations on attendance that trail, we are then guided through college where there is no athoratative policy on attendance other than the one given by our professors. Therefore, does this mean that college class attendance is mandatory, and if our syllabus requires our presence at every class meeting, is this fair?
From first grade through your senior year of high school, attendance has primarily stayed the same: you cannot miss more than 10% of the given 180 school days required by the state. This simply means that students are only allowed to miss 18 school days, excused or unexcused. This is because the state believes that there is a correlation between one’s attendance and their learning capabilities. Here, I must agree. A student is more likely to be more productive, diligent, and all around a better student in the school environment when required to attend. Also, high school graduation is regulated by attendance; failure to complete the sanctioned number of days could result in the student being held back, summer school, or not being able to walk , therefore this gives graduating students more of an incentive to show up at school. But then comes college.
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Little known fact: you are not required to enroll. For those who do they pay numerous fees, which could have been avoided had that student not enrolled, only to then be told by their professors whether or not they must attend lectures or not. Here, my opinion about mandatory attendance takes its turn. Yes, attendance would increase the student’s learning just as public school attendance policies did, but now that student is now responsible for attendance as they have personally decided to attend college and sign up for classes, the one professors are getting paid to teach whether every seat is filled or not. Need I say more?
So while I think attendance is necessary for growing an education, I do not believe it is necessary for furthering your education on your own will.
I am originally from Auburn, Alabama and, with an easy decision, stayed for college to study Exercise Science with the hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. I love traveling and shopping, but most of all I love my dog Pepper and eating good food. I am very outgoing, independent, and passionate about the things I love, but most of all I am confident in who I am and show this off with my witty personality.