Here's a teaching dilemma:
Students have to check out copies of the novels we read in class. If they've yet to return the last novel, they can't check out the next. Sometimes kids are, well, dumb, and wait until halfway into the next book to return the last one. I always keep extra copies of the books in my room so those kids have something to work with, even thought it REALLY pisses me off. It comes down to personal responsibility, which I spend a lot of time trying to teach. So here's the thing, what's better?:
a) Keeping copies of the books, even though kids who are super lazy and haven't done what they're supposed to get to use them, which is totally unfair to the kids who do what they're supposed to.
b) Just make the kids sit there and do nothing all hour, because they don't have a book.
What would you do?