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An article was published in The New York Times by Max Roosevelt titled “Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grades Disputes.” The focus of this editorial was to highlight what is often seen as a disruption to grades and our educational system. Many students these days feel they are entitled to higher grades because they did what was only expected of them which do not involve the greatest effort. In my opinion, a student that subjects themselves to minimum effort should receive the minimum grade without any complaints. In past experience, I have realized that students fail to recognize their creative abilities which cause typical mind-sets and projections. Professor Marshall Grossman of the University of Maryland presumes that he will receive complaints whenever he returns assignments to students; many feel as though they are privileged in this manner. Grossman’s point is outlined relatively throughout the article, providing useful information through personal experience based on his observations. A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, highlights his objective whereas 40 percent of surveyors believe that they should receive a B just for completing the required reading. I am convinced that the pressure to join the workforce at an early age and continue employment throughout college is a huge distraction to many students of today. People don’t see this as an accomplishment anymore because it is expected; most students are employed at some point during their education placing a burden on the student. According to Professor Ellen Greenberger, the lead author of the study called “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors,” believe that parental pressure, competition amongst peers & a heightened sense of achievement anxiety as also to blame for student’s sense of entitlement. I can attest to the pressures of society to succeed this is, however, no reason to become an...
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