Apocalypse-Adjusting the Grades Philosophy

For this assignment, you MUST read the short essay, Ethics and Extra Credit, by Nathan Nobis (it is posted to the Moodle).

For your paper, you must (1) evaluate the arguments provided against offering extra credit (2) provide an analysis of whether we can extrapolate from arguments against extra credit during normal times to our current COVID-19 reality, and (3) with respect to your evaluation of the extra credit arguments, argue whether all students should have their current grades “apocalypse-adjusted,” and (4) what a fair way of doing that would entail. For example, if you intend to argue that everyone should get As for this semester, make sure you address whether and/or how that is fair to students who have already earned As. Conversely, if you intend to argue that there should be no “apocalypse-adjustment,” make sure you address whether and/or how that is fair to students who have been severely impacted by the virus.

This assignment assesses your ability to think critically about a philosophical issue or idea, and to clearly express your thoughts about it in writing. Your ultimate task is to present a compelling case for your own position on the issue.. The assignment allows some latitude in the way you respond to the passage that you write about, though it is imperative that you address the central issue or claim of the passage, and it is imperative that your essay be philosophical in nature.

 Assignment Length: 2-3 pages