who said anything about cake?

Let them have As.

marie

 

UPDATE:  It really has come to this–English teachers, admit it!  And then read “The End of the Essay” by Rebecca Schuman via slate.com.

Some choice cuts:

Students of the world: You think it wastes 45 minutes of your sexting time to pluck out three quotes from The Sun Also Rises, summarize the same four plot points 50 times until you hit Page 5, and then crap out a two-sentence conclusion? It wastes 15 hours of my time to mark up my students’ flaccid theses and non sequitur textual “evidence,” not to mention abuse of the comma that should be punishable by some sort of law—all so that you can take a cursory glance at the grade and then chuck the paper forever.

What’s more, if your average college-goer does manage to read through her professor’s comments, she will likely view them as a grievous insult to her entire person, abject proof of how this cruel, unfeeling instructor hates her. That sliver of the student population that actually reads comments and wants to discuss them? They’re kids whose papers are good to begin with, and often obsessed with their GPAs. I guarantee you that every professor you know has given an A to a B paper just to keep a grade-grubber off her junk. (Not talking to you, current students! You’re all magnificent, and going to be president someday. Please do not email me.)

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Comments

  1. itgirlreads says

    Looks like she’s had it with those students and their papers!

    • If only this were what grading was like I would look forward to it every day! Except in addition to the lady in waiting at my feet, there would be someone else to feed me cake in between sips of wine.

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