18 glorious, no school days to enjoy until the fall semester starts up.
I did send my college’s testing center this email earlier today. It will be interesting to see what, if any, response I get back:
Yesterday morning I very quickly made a decision that would have an impact on my testing experience later on that afternoon. I choose coffee over taking a shower. With summer class, work, and two children under the age of two in the house I find myself making decisions like that more and more. Of course that’s really of no concern to anyone in the testing center, however, later that day when I arrived to take my final exam for my online class I was told that there was a no hat policy, and that I had to take it off.
My problem isn’t that I don’t understand the policy. I can reasonably see why it would be in place with new advances in technology, and student’s general sneakiness. I get it. What I don’t get is why this “policy” isn’t documented anywhere on the testing center site, or any of the linked *.pdf files that state the items of interest as:
-You MUST present your telecourse ID card
AND a picture ID
-Take tests at either center
-Allow at least 90 minutes before closing
And what really just confuses the heck out of me is that I was told I had to take my hat off (thereby releasing my un-showered hair into a position that closely resembles a person who has been slightly electrocuted….I’m actually quite certain that a small child nearby was crying) but then I am allowed to take my test with my TI 84 calculator in hand.
Let me repeat that, my TI 84 calculator, which is probably several more times powerful than the computer systems used in the Apollo moon landing. Which has probably enough memory built into it for my entire algebra text book to be entered. Odds are if I dropped this thing into a group of monkeys they would probably worship it as a god for the next few thousand years…..yet my ability to cheat or do whatever other nefarious deed is rendered null by removal of my hat? What am I an evil Frosty the Snowman?
I’ll probably never understand all the reasons why wearing a hat is of major concern, and that’s fine. It’s not my job to create, mandate or enforce policies for testing…but at least let’s give people a fighting chance by telling them of these policy’s ahead of time (for example on the handy dandy website for the testing center) so they can be aware that they need to make time for that shower. That way they can avoid looking like an idiot, and you won’t have to read their complaining emails anymore. It’s a win win.