Kinasevych (2016). Time To Learn: Doing Away With Deadlines In Post-Secondary Education.

The assessment of learning was merged with time limits, “a compromise for the sake of administrative efficiency” (Wesman, 1949, p. 51). Deadline performance became a proxy for actual learning, thereby diminishing learner autonomy, motivation, and creativity (Deci & Ryan, 2012).

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The Story of the “Dead Line” (1912)

“The Inspector, who was later Chief of Police, established his imaginary dead line at Fulton street, and forbade any crook to show his face below that point. … And for fifteen years, from 1880 to 1895, when Inspector Byrnes was in charge of the Wall Street bureau for the prevention of crime in the financial district, the crooks gave that part of the city below Fulton street wide berth.”

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