• verb persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats.

  — DERIVATIVES coercion noun coercive adjective.

  — ORIGIN Latin coercere ‘restrain’."
    Compact Oxford English Dictionary.

One may, of course, apply a car battery to a very dead horse and hear, instead of a hackneyed neigh, something along the line of "you agree to be graded by coming to the university!  If you don't want to be graded, stay out of our institution."  To this, the rejoinder: "I didn't quite catch that.  Did you say TUUM EST? Ah, well, if it's up to me, thanks..."

Coercion has no place within Arts at the University.  Within many Arts classes, coercive grading serves to provide an excuse for students to merely repeat what the instructor says; and, indeed, many classes are hostile to the notion of protracted discussion of interdisciplinary matters, especially when there is exciting dogma to be authoritatively received for repetition on the midterm.  Some may prefer that; but, given that it is likely a right to demand not to part with your right to equally participate in your grading (for if one may grant the professor the right to grade oneself by acceptance of the syllabus and failure to de-register, one may accept a syllabus conditionally altered so that it provides for monthly meetings for Chatham House style/free style/pantomime/&c.  discussion of course progress and also that at the final month's meeting a grade be produced.

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