First, this is not a joke. This really happened to me this week. I teach at a nationally accredited career/technical college. The class I am teaching is designed by the school so that simply showing up to class and doing the hands on work during class is worth 43% of your final grade. So you get 100% on that 43% just for showing up. So you can see it takes very little effort to squeak out a D. You could get a 30% on all other work (midterm, final, quizzes, etc.) and still pass. So I have a student that is failing with a 58.5% in my class. Since my job requires me to counsel students in matters of attendance, academics and personal issues as well as tracking there whereabouts when they fail to show up to class for zero pay, I had a talk with him. The first thing he asks is if I think he will pass the course. I ask him about his 31% on the quiz today. I point out he has scored very low on all quizzes. I ask him if he studies for them. He says no I don't have any time to study for tests. I asked if he paid attention when I did the review right before taking the multiple choice quiz. I told him I went over all 10 questions and their answer. He says he did but forgot it. I ask if he even read the required 15 pages in the textbook which was used for the quiz since last last class a week ago. He says no I don't have any time to read the book. I asked if he has read any of the book in the past 8 weeks. He says no I don't have any time to read at all. I asked if he can turn in any of his missing assignments. He says no I don't have any time to do the homework. I ask if he can attend the remaining 3 classes and not leave early. He says he will try but that he usually is tired and has to leave early because he can't learn when he is tired. I asked him if he was joking. He says no. He asks me why I would ask such a question. I say because you're asking if you can pass a class without doing any work and that's ridiculous. I tell him that if he comes to the remaining 3 classes and studies for the final he has a very good chance of passing. I tell him in 2 weeks there is a final lab project which is easy to pass (its made that way) and counts for 15% of his grade. He says he'll try but not sure he can do it. Sadly it seems that a third or more of my students are just like this one. I deal with this stuff every week. It's making me have second thoughts about teaching. I have my own problems in life like everyone else. I don't want to deal with other people's personal problems. I wouldn't want to do it even if you paid me. I'm making roughly $14 an hour teaching on campus if you count prep time, lecture, grading, counseling and tracking down students. I am just trying to get experience while I finish my master's degree so I can eventually teach online at regionally accredited colleges for a little better pay and freedom. I was thinking at the college level I would be passing out a syllabus, handing out assignments, giving exams, grading assignments, giving lectures and discussing the course material. I thought The grade a student receives would be determined by how much effort they put in. I thought if a student does not come to class or fails a class it would be their fault not mine. I mean all of my past and present college work as a student has been this way for me. I never thought there would be pressure and intimidation to pass students. I'm also amazed at all the government tax dollars being wasted at my school. I hope somebody can get a good laugh from this and brighten your day! I feel a lot better after writing this post. I even had to stop writing and laugh a couple times myself.