第一阶段题目：Should College Teacher Check Class Attendance?
Read carefully the following two excerpts about college teachers checking class attendance, and then write your response in ABOUT 500 WORDS, in which you should:
1. summarize the main message of the two excerpts, and then
2. express your opinion towards checking class attendance by calling names, especially your opinion on whether it’s a reasonable rule.
You can support yourself with information from the excerpts.
Marks will be awarded for content relevance, content sufficiency, organization and language quality. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.
Ensure Class Order
Class attendance is taken as the reference in grading in many colleges. It is often called the daily performance of a student. Originally, checking class attendance can be seen as a way of knowing students by their names. Gradually, teachers usually check the class attendance by calling the students’ names at the beginning of a class to ensure an efficient class.
It is of great importance to check the attendance in class since college courses are relatively decentralized. That is to say, the whereabouts of the students are hard to know except in class. Therefore, checking the class attendance is also a means of assuring the safety of the students.
Rather than going to class as expected, many students wouldn’t mind skipping classes to do things they are interested in. Supervision should be given to these young adults to push them forward in studying. After all, the self-control ability of these college boys and girls should not be overestimated. At the same time, checking class attendance is important for the teachers and it’s irresponsible for a teacher to go on with class anyway despite the poor attendance rate.
A Mechanical Rule
Though checking class attendance is a common rule on campus, it is strongly opposed by many students. A teacher who’s keen on checking class attendance is usually considered not charming enough to keep students. That indicates that the teacher is impotent in teaching tasks and the students can only be kept in class by rules.
Checking class attendance is seen as kidnapping learning. It forces students to attend the class despite the students’ willingness or their aptitude in the subject. The study process therefore becomes passive. And because of the unwillingness towards the class, the class time is wasted by many students by playing with phones or daydreaming. The disapproval of the class and the compulsive requirement of class attendance are conflicted.
At the same time, checking class attendance is also criticized, for it costs a lot of time to keep track of one’s attendance that has reduced the lecture time. The study in college can only be deeper when supported by the students’ personal interest. We cannot expect a student who is forced to sit in class to concentrate on their studies.