My problem student from the last post just responded with "you knew I was a single parent, I didn't skipp class on purpose" --
This is a real problem for me at BNCC. The problem is that in any section I have many single parents and usually ONE of them takes advantage of that fact to miss a lot of class.
My quandry is whether or not to continue to look the other way on attendance issues.
I've already eliminated attendance points. They don't lose ground on their grade especially for attendance. On the other hand, I do take attendance into account when deciding on close grade increases... and that is where the single parent loses out.
It is my intuition that this is fair, but is it really?
What about the single mom who has arranged her life and childcare so as to have excellent attendance. This take sher a lot of time and stress, but she manages to accomplish it anyway.... Just like I couldn't randomly give her extra-credit for making extra effort to get to class, it doesn't seem fair to let the single mom without reliable childcare get away with very poor attendance and no consequences.
On the other hand, I'm at a community college. My students are at my CC because they have responsibilities and often those responsibilities hurt attendance.
On the third-hand.. if I had one... Most of my students have other pressing committments and obligations. Who am I to say that one student's childcare challenge is more pressing than a student who is working 4 jobs to support herself or the student whose elderly parents rely on them to get to doctor's appointments etc.
This is an issue that won't go away --
What do you do in these kinds of situations??