English seminars far too short, cutthroat

Senior Antonio Chalita commands an English seminar as he carefully listens to senior Michael Chaplain’s contribution to the discussion. English seminars, while exhilarating and exciting, are often cut short by the bell leaving new ideas out. Photo by: Graig Alvarez

To the Editor:

Seminars are, without a doubt, a great way to get a major grade taken care of without taking a written test, but at the same time, they can be unfair to many students.

Although a large portion of your seminar grade is based on your written notes, another portion is based on your in-class performance. While I understand seminars encourage real world discussion and prepare us for our adult lives, there are also some unfair factors into this major grade.

Some students are just less talkative than others. They add their little bit to the conversation and that is it. While in the real world this can be a good thing, in a seminar you won’t get the required points to succeed.

Another negative aspect of seminars is the battle for talking time. A seminar only lasts a class period, meaning their is limited time for everyone to talk. In order to earn points, you have to beat out the guy next to you to start talking first. So, instead of a peaceful group discussion, the seminar begins to feel like a hostile race, one man versus another.

While seminars give a nice escape from the repetitive circling and bubbling of a normal test, they also prove to hand out unfair grades to students who might very well know all the information.

Grant McCoy