So I got a letter from my high school notifying me that I will not get credit for my fucking theatre arts class due to no less than 23 absences. Normally I'd say "lol theatre arts," but in this case, I actually need it to graduate since the school board mandates at least one "fine arts" credit be necessary for graduation. I've missed all my other classes at least 15 times, but I missed this one more because it's first period and if I go in late, I often miss it.
Here's the school's policy: you lose credit after ten days of absences in a semester. I've missed well over that in every class every year. In fact, last year I missed English like 30 times in a semester and I still received credit. I also never had below a 94 in that class. My lowest grade in theatre arts was a 95.
I know this is completely my fault, but I don't think I'm unjustified in complaining. After all, what gives? Why this? Why now? What's the point of having a rule that is selectively enforced? That's just cruel and inconsistent. Have the rule or don't have it. WTF?
It wasn't until today that I finally realized that credit is awared more or less at the discrection of the teacher, even though the school has tons of rules regarding when students are to be rewarded and are to be denied credit that the teachers are supposed to fucking follow. And this isn't the first time I've seen teachers bend around rules or simply ignore them when it comes to credits. I know my chemistry teacher kept students from failing by blatantly adding credit for something they never did, or she would give you extra points if you were close to the next letter grade.
I'm still going to graduate somehow. I mean, I can always make up the half of the course credit that I was denied online in a matter of weeks at no expense other than time. But still, wow, what an unnecessary loop they're going to probably make me jump through.
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