Originally Posted by vinny06
I understand your point and some of what you say is valid. However, in a previous post you talked about how first year students make generalizations about marks and graduate studies that (to some degree) seem unnecessary to you, and then you go on in this post and make a generalization about how all first years expect marks. I'm sure some do, but there are plenty that don't, and saying that you love how first years make generalizations about marks and graduate studies loses its affect when you go and say that ALL of today's first years expect marks.
Nah man, there are a tonne of first years that make this assumption that you're going to maintain the same grades as in high school, and you'll need those same grades to get into University. And they mistakenly think that in your fourth year, your first year grades matter... I made that particular assumption myself. Not so directly, but I worried a lot about what my GPA was.
But the second point is 100% true. Nothing ever applies to everyone, so if you were offended because you took care not to be the guy who's parents got him better marks, then I'm sorry, but a very large chunk of your year did do that.
I remember my grade 12 year. One girl waited until the first Physics test, and made a promise to drop physics if she didn't get a certain grade, because that wouldn't look good on her "Architect school" application. Another guy had his parents come in (yea, in grade 12) and question the physics teacher about what we all claimed were unfair questions (he failed the test). Looking back on it, I realize they were totally fair. None the less, most of us didn't get our parents in. But I remember talking to the teacher at the end of the year... He said he was worried about an explosion of that kind of attitude in the following years, since the Ontario government made it more acceptable. I went back and visited, as many of us do at Christmas break of our first year, and sure enough, people were constantly complaining about their assignment marks, and asking for tests to be postponed, etc. My English teacher had to meet with 3 different parents the night I was visiting! they requested to speak with him about their son's or daughter's marks on the previous test.
Go back to your high school and ask a teacher if they noticed that difference, from before your time. You grew up with this new policy since grade 10. It's hard to notice a change like that when it's surrounding you for 3 out of 4 years.