Make it or break it?

Spencer Bratman, Staff Writer

Ever since I started high school, getting the right teacher was a key to me. This allowed me to be more successful in that class. In my opinion, depending on the class you had to take, and the importance or value it was, helped me make my decision more easily. For example, here at Bryant, I am a business management/entrepreneurship major, so finding professors who excel in this area and who have experience are the professors I look for.

But, I must say, if it’s for those “General Education” classes, I do my very best to get the easiest professor. Why? Because a lot of the “gen eds” we have to take here I have already taken in high school and simply just don’t enjoy it. For this reason, it makes sense to try and get the easiest professor in order to boost my GPA. But the big question is, is it fair?

My roommate and I have a liberal arts class we both have to take, yet we’re both business majors. Since he’s my roommate, I continue to see the workload that the class requires, and when I compare it to mine, I do a quarter of the amount of the work he has to do. Is that fair? Why should my roommate have to work twice as hard to pull off the same grade as me? Or why should I have to work three quarters less to achieve the same grade?

In my opinion, this is very unfair and unequal. I feel that grading as well as the level of difficulty between different classes for that subject should be identical! There should be no reason why one should have to work twice as hard as someone else, or half as much to get that same grade.

On the flip side, it could be argued that by having an easier professor, one is more than likely to not get as much out of the class, meaning my 50k tuition to go to Bryant is now not worth as much as my roommate’s, who has the harder class. In addition, it could be said that with an easier professor, the student may not learn as much material, or in that case, the material well. Who is to say that every professor who has an easy grading system is actually fit for the teaching? Some people, because they want to learn about the topic, may actually take a difficult professor, if that means learning more and being challenged. After paying so much money to go to this type of school, one would think that most students would challenge themselves to become more intelligent. Some, on the other hand, take the easy way out for the good grade in a class they believe they will never look at again. There are many arguments to either side.

One of the biggest problems with this is “rate my professor.” Say someone has one bad experience with a professor and rates them terribly. Does that actually make them a bad professor? Some students actually base their entire semester’s classes on this website, meaning that if a professor is rated poorly, he or she will not even give them a shot. Makes sense I suppose, but what if their teaching style worked for you and the people who have rated this professor just don’t like their personality? Again though, this tool can also help students narrow down which professors have a good reputation. It doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is a good professor though. Unless this unified grading system comes into play in the future, I’ll make sure that I get the teacher that makes the right fit, for the right value.

1 Comment

  1. jen

    Taking more difficult teachers in school better prepares one for the real world.

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