Extra Credit Woes

Extra Credit Woes

I believe the extra credit opportunities offered by the English department are just that – extra. Although I like the fact that they are always there, and are meticulously crafted so that they can be a fair opportunity for all, they do not actually offer as much opportunity as they suggest. While other classes offer the chance to write an essay on a movie related to the class or earn credit for faith-based research, the only ways to earn extra credit in English are through watching the STH Drama productions or writing a letter to the Eagle, as I am doing currently. I have never once complained about this arrangement because I have been in every one of STH’s plays, which has allowed me to acquire extra credit very easily. But that all changed after the production of Godspell (2021). The previous year (2020), we were not able to put on a play, as we were entirely remote. This year, although we put on a play as normal, the extra credit was still not offered. The reason given was that “the play was not publicized in sufficient time for everyone to get a fair chance to see the play.” This is an issue because it leaves many students in dire situations with only one way to earn extra credit. This is not a fair opportunity for everyone, because each student must come up with a unique problem or issue to discuss with the Eagle, and there are not that many issues here at STH. I am a proud supporter of the Eagle, so I think this option should stay up, but I suggest an addition to the extra credit opportunities in English class in the future, for when this kind of problem may again arise.

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