All my life, I have seen "parasites" taking advantages of activities done in groups as the easy way out from a rigorous curriculum!
For these parasites, groups do not really encourage cooperation. This is often the case when people have personal disinterest in keeping in touch with their fellow group members.
It bothers me when a project is applauded very well and all members get the same grade and are recognized regardless of the amount of contributions done by each individual in the group. I see this every time; not only it disturbs me, but also causes me to feel bad for those who really poured their time.
For you, is it right to let the uncooperative group members take recognition for their group's hard work?
- Yes12% (3)16% (6)15% (9)Vote
- No88% (22)84% (31)85% (53)Vote
Most Helpful Guy
Is it alright? No. What can be done about it? Not a whole lot.
Luckily, I'd say it at least gets better in college-- the people there tend to actually take their grades a bit more seriously and will put in effort to not fail. That being said, group projects also are awful because they mean lots of work more often than not... but that's another story lol. (Note I'm referring to personal experiences in college only, in work life this happens often. 'Tis especially the wonders of management in some places.)
In any case, all you can do is basically do all the work, present the material knowledgeably, and let them be the awkward failure in front of the class. It's pretty easy to tell as a viewer of a presentation who did the work. The teachers notice it too (they just don't really care much). If it is not a presentation, I'm afraid all you can do is deal with it and push them along as best as you can.
It's one of those injustices of the world. Some people are willing to fail or don't care if they do poorly while others strive to do the best they can. The mismatch is doomed to not balance out. As much as I want to offer a viable solution, all that can really be done is to deal with it.1
Most Helpful Girl
nope and luckily in my college my professor has an interesting way of tackling it, he would watch the project being presented and defended and then ask each group member what they did as contribution for their project, depending on how much work they did or how important their role was he adjust their grades from it with the ceiling of the grade being the total grade for the group, and whoever couldn't prove that they did anything would not be given any grade and given one more chance to redeem it by doing another project, on their own.
sadly high-school teachers could not give a damn if they tried, the only thing that could really be done about that is to report them to either the principal/dean or directly to the dept. of education1
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