So much for grading on a curve. Alexander LaCasse on what one college professor did to a classroom of millennial who didn’t meet his expectations or standards.
This semester Professor Horwitz found himself doing something he has never done in his two decades in higher education: Failing his entire Strategic Management class… Horwitz cited students’ incompetency as young adults getting ready to enter the real world in his email to the class where he announced that everyone would be receiving a failing grade.
Everyone? Horowitz explained:
It became apparent that they couldn’t do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do. I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class.
Remember, the failing came mid-semester, not at the end of the year.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Patrick Louchouarn made it clear that as much as the administration respects Horwitz, the professor did not have the authority to assign failing grades while the semester was still in session. The department head will take over the class until the end of the semester.
So, the professor is out, a substitute is in, and the class goes on. Who’s to blame here?