I've noticed an interesting phenomenon that has also been sort of covered in the media and in articles every so often. The first time I noticed it was on forums a lot like this. Dissenting oppinions are seen as something of an attack. Challenging ideas or the validity of solutions seen as an assault on character. In grad school I noticed people getting upset if you don't pat them on the head and acknowledge the uniqueness of their spirit and the worth of their every written word. People feel bullied and harrased by our failure to acquiesce to their beliefs and ideals. When did this happen? It can't be chalked up merely to the everyone gets a trophy argument can it? Often I notice it happens most when the depth of the argument is at it's shallowest. If someone has a great depth of knowledge on a topic they love nothing more than debating for hours on end. During family meals, over drinks with friends, or calling into their favorite sports talk show. It seems to me, if you challenge someone beyond their scope of knowledge, their guard goes up, and defenses are unleashed. Do others feel like this is happening? Is there a cause? Is it merely an extension of the learned helplessness we see in some of our own students, or a separate issue all together? Any and all thoughts or tangents welcome. Please don't post if you aren't willing to be challenged. In fact, lets make that the goal. At the end of your post if you like, share a thought you have that another can challenge. Even if you don't agree with it. Sometimes those are the most fun arguments to have. Here it goes: Students should be able to retake an assignment as many times as they wish to improve their grade.