A little while ago, two students presented very different views of my classes.
One student said that he took his tuition and divided by number of credit hours, and figured that he was paying about $120 for each of my two-hour lectures. This perspective made him extremely hesitant to ever miss class -- every time he did, it was like buying two new games and throwing them away!
Another student cynically disagreed, saying that what he was really paying for wasn't class time, but the piece of paper you get when you graduate. To him, the real value of school was its ability to qualify you for a job where you can "do interesting stuff".
The true irony is that this second student was in my Capstone class, working on a team to develop a game!
I wonder how I can best put up a resistance to this second attitude. Other than just being the best teacher I can, of course.