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University Professor Comes Under Fire For What He Does To Snowflake Students

A professor has shocked his students by introducing a new policy on course work and grades. The policy is aimed at stress reduction, and it allows his students to choose their own grades if they think they deserve a better mark and opt out of group projects if they “feel stressed by [their] group’s dynamic.” The classes - referred to as ‘Data Management’ and ‘Energy Informatics’ - are conducted by Doctor Richard Watson, who is attempting to limit student stress levels in his classes and encourage independent learning.

While Dr. Watson’s revolutionary reform is yet to be officially incorporated into the syllabus - “There is no such policy on the current website”- this “stress reduction policy” has already had a tremendous amount of support. Dr. Watson, who will run his two business courses in the fall of this year, decided to introduce the reform after highlighting his concerns that “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

Put simply, Dr. Watson’s reform will allow students to “email their instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed… no explanation,” if they feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course.” Furthermore, Dr. Watson has given students the opportunity to exempt themselves from participating in group assignments, stating in his policy that “if in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members.” If a student wishes to discontinue group work altogether, their grade can be “based totally on non-group work.”

With over half of university students experiencing some form of overwhelming anxiety in the last year, Mr. Watson has seen hundreds of students lack the courage or ability to overcome stress and anxiety when it comes to university assignments. In a bid to drastically reduce the pressure and stress of university life on students, Dr. Watson has incorporated “open book and open notes,” exams as well as a ‘positive comments only’ initiative for students undergoing in-class presentations. Dr. Watson, who says any further comments will be “communicated by email,” hopes that this approach to student presentations will make the process less nerve-wracking for students and will dramatically decrease the stress associated with in-class presentations and exams.

Dr. Watson has conceded that there are a number of flaws in his policy, noting that “…this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material.” However, Dr. Watson’s stresses that those particular outcomes are a student’s “responsibility,” and ensures that he will attempt to “provide every opportunity for [students] to gain high level mastery.”

Dr. Watson is an honored member of the University of Georgia, donning a title “bestowed by the board of regents on truly distinguished faculty,” known as a “Regents Professor.” This title is reserved for professors whose “scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting.”

Source: Daily Mail
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