I felt like posting an argument we had in class today. Our professor was discussing a student who was absent six times and asked what should he do with her. He kind of said it as a rhetorical question but I of course responded. It is my opinion that absences are irrelevant to whether or not someone deserves to pass a class. Your grade should be reflective of your understanding of the subject. Of course you go to school to learn, the professors are supposed to endow you with knowledge. But in my opinion when it comes to grades all that a class should require of you is that you have proved to the professor that you know the work. If you fail a class because you didn't complete assignments due when you were absent that's one thing, but to fail just because you were absent?
For instance last semester I had to drop a class because I missed three days in the first two months of the class. To the professor it did not matter how much I understood the subject, it did not matter that I had yet to miss an assignment. To him it was just three absences equals a failure.
That's bullshit. We go to school to learn. If I have proved my knowledge of a subject then why should I be failed?