Even at the start of a promising new year, one can’t hep but spot the occasional red flags; signs that a student will have problems–or cause problems–down the road.
At one of my UNLV remedial writing classes yesterday, I asked students to fill out an information card, as I do with all classes. One young man, in response to a question about his hobbies and interests, put “Getting money.” Helpfully, he illustrated this with a drawing of a Benjamin.
And in response to a query about what I should know to help him achieve better, he wrote: “I don’t like taking s–t from anybody.”
He’s a criminal justice major.
They had to give me a writing sample yesterday, a simple essay responding to an article by a popular mystery author giving writing advice. Half of his essay was just about how much he hates reading and writing.
And so it goes.