Apology

I gave a quiz today and a student wanted more time. He refused to hand in his quiz as I collected others. I told him twice I wouldn’t accept it late, but he continued to work. When he tried to hand it in, I refused it. He expressed brief anger. Some of the other students made wisecracks which indicated they were not sympathetic towards his viewpoint.

After the lecture, the student apologized. I’m glad he realized he was wrong, and apologized, but I can’t help but wonder whether the other authority figures in his life were in the habit of making empty threats. Did they always make exceptions for him? Is it kindness to teach someone that there are no consequences for missing deadlines? What other rules does he think apply only to other people?

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