The Is For Absent By Chris Piper

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In “’A’ Is For Absent,” Chris Piper argues that students’ absences should not be reflected in their final grades. Piper writes about his experience with what he considers an unfair attendance policy. He did well on tests and projects, however, due to his numerous absences he received a low final grade. He writes that unlike in a job, where attendance is mandatory, in college it’s a choice of a paying student. Piper also writes that when standardized test scores are evaluated, attendance of preparatory courses is not considered towards those scores. He urges instructors to put aside the reasons they have for implementing attendance policies and grade students solely on performance. Although Piper presents a good written argument, I believe that his reasons are not valid. Students who do not consistently attend classes should not be graded in the same way as those who do because it creates a fair environment, it increases learning, and most importantly, it builds discipline.
Firstly, when students who do not consistently attend classes are not graded in the same way as those who do it creates a fair environment because attendance consists of time, effort, and participation. For example, one students always attends classes, does well on assignments, and receives a wells deserved grade. However, another student is not consistent in attending classes, does well on assignments, and receives a similar grade. Is it fair to the first student? I believe that such grading system

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