I think everyone who teaches runs into some sort of almost-there, but they are impossible to avoid when you teach an upper-level course in the spring. I'm talking about the students who earn a grade that is oh-so-close to what they need to graduate (or in other cases, keep a scholarship, stay on a team, etc., etc.). In my particular case, it's the students who are majors and need a "C" in my course to get their diploma on time. Every year I have a few hovering around 70% that are on pins and needles at the end of the semester.
On the one hand, they've made their bed. Should I be giving them bonus points based on a need that seemed far less important to them during the semester than at the end? Certainly that would be unfair to the other students.
But, is it worth it to hold a kid back and make them do a summer course over a few percentage points? Seems kinda, I dunno, douchey.
What say ye?