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Don’t you wish you had a teacher that would allow you to grade yourself?  One professor at the University of Georgia thinks this is a good idea.

According Professor Richard Watson, as first reported by Campusreform.org, he has placed on his course syllabus a “stress reduction policy” to avoid emotional reactions in class. Watson is allowing students in two business courses to adopt this policy if things get a bit tough.

“Emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences,” he wrote at the top of the syllabus. Watson also explains that students can take exams using their books, notes and laptop materials.

Watson further states that if a student is “unduly stressed” by the grade they have, the student can just email him the grade they should get in the course.

Also, Watson describes that only positive statements will only be given when evaluating presentations.

Watson also states that such policies will “hinder the development of group skills and mastery of critical material” and that content mastery is really left up to the student’s responsibility as long as the student is provided every opportunity to master the content.

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.



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