The teachers in my department are very adamant about our late "policy" - to take 20% of late work, and 50% off if it is more than a week late. Their arguments - students will lose jobs if they miss deadlines in the real world. There is no excuse for their printer breaking, technical malfunctions, or other extenuating circumstances, especially for essays when we give the deadline a week or two in advance. Today their information for my monthly report was due. (I am the chair.) They have 3 things they have to send me every month - the dates of their peer group meetings, their district reading assessments, and the dates and times of 2 15-min classroom observations they completed. Nothing too difficult. Out of 13 teachers, 7 turned in at least one part late. One of them sent it to me in the morning and I never got it (technical difficulties). One of them didn't do hers because her husband had emergency surgery this month. Four of them never did turn in everything. So, what will happen to these teachers? Probably nothing. At the very most, they might get talked to by their supervisor. But what if they applied their own late policy to themselves? Should they lose their job? Should they lose 20% of their pay for the month? Should we say too bad when their computer didn't work or their husband was in the hospital? I just wish teachers would apply their own policies to themselves. We try to prepare kids for the "real world" but are these really "real world" policies?