Sorry but there is no extra credit because I would have to do more work to create it, and they didn’t complete what I already worked all one summer to create. How could that possibly be fair to the students who already worked hard and turned their work in on time?? Maybe their high school was a “no child left behind” school. Well now they are adults and I will do whatever it takes to ensure serious students get passing grades. The critical word is “Serious.” I am not going to pass on slackers and sluggards by massaging their grades and set them loose in the Oil & Gas industry to operate extremely expensive equipment pumping oil and highly explosive natural gas. These are the men who will take shortcuts, cheat on quality, perform at the bare minimum and go for a beer while someone else gets hurt or killed in an explosion or fire due to their negligence.
The world will be a better, safer place with them living in their parent’s basement or riding on the back of a garbage truck picking up cans. More likely they will find an easier school or a more understanding teacher who will not make them suffer the humility of not being passed along with their friends. Me, I am looking forward to a summer of writing on my Fairbairn book, reloading ammo and going shooting, reading all of those books I bought over the winter, finishing a few muzzle-loading rifles, doing a little solo camping and soul searching. All in preparation to meet another class full of students whose only goal in life is to lie, cheat, and steal their way to a degree and receiving a high salary for the minimum of exertion.
My solo camp a couple years back. Set on state land with the bare minimum of creature comforts: a waterproof fly, Nam era Marine "mummy bag," an AR-15, a water bladder, some beef jerky, good Bowie knife, and an effective perimeter wire. What else does one need? Oh yes a good book to read, like the "Sword and the Mind," or the "Record of Immovable Wisdom." No school papers to grade and no stupid excuses from delinquent students. Serenity......and meditation..........and a few critters and bugs.