Does Attendance give the right to categorize students?

Jaylin Lara

Students who attend school on a regular basis are rewarded, but students who do not attend school regularly are often demeaned. Since when has attendance mattered so much that it has labeled a student?

The attendance of an individual should not give someone the right to look down on them, nor give them the idea that  that  they know the student well.

It’s true that the very first quality that someone might give to an individual that barely goes to school is that they’re lazy or that they’re irresponsible and perhaps not really reliable.

Due to this thought process, many people think that going to school makes you a good person with good virtues. However, in some cases, there are a lot of knuckleheads that attend school just because they think they have to go to school. A majority of the time these are the same students that end up disrupting class. What guarantees teachers and parents that their child is learning? For all they know their kid could be sleeping in class or the information that is being provided can be going through one ear and coming out the other. At the end of the day you are being graded for the understanding of the subject. What’s the point of going to school if you are just a seat warmer?

Not going to school does not determine who the individual is. It does not  mean they are any less smart, lazy, or reliable than the students sitting right next to them. People that are absent can even sometimes maintain better grades than the students that go to school everyday. Some kids just have their own strategies of learning things. Going to school doesn’t mean you’re learning as a class, or that you’re learning individually everyday.

Many people often think that just because students are in a classroom they’re automatically learning. People also think that just because the teacher is there and there is more students there is automatically an advantage in their learning. The misconception of this is that there is only one teacher and the classroom has approximately 30 kids.

The reality of this is that the teacher will not  be able to even get to the student and help them. There are days that teachers will not  even get to have one on one conversation because there is just too many students. It is not the teacher’s fault but there is just one teacher and they can not do it all. Many people also think that it’s more beneficial for students to work in a classroom everyday, since it’s meant to be an educational environment but often times the classes can get a little too noisy. Participating and working in groups is not  for everyone .

Some kids prefer working alone and at home, it is  possible that they will get more work done alone at home rather than working in a noisy classroom with their friends. Some students decide not to attend school simply because there are days where they get sick. The individual might be going through family problems and might not be able to make it to school, not everyone has the same lifestyle.

Therefore, this mentality and perspective on students that don’t go to school or that decide to take days off should stop. Students should be categorized academically rather than if they decide not to go to school or not.