“Hey Dr. X, I actually have three other assignments due the same day as your assignment, and your class is the least important to me, so can I just not do it, or do it late or something? Thanks in advance!!!”
“hey professor!!! noticed that im getting a D- in the class, any chance you could make that a B+, otherwise i wont be able to graduate this spring and my entire life will be literally ruined forever. ps i probably won’t be in class tomorrow my hands are kind of cramping up”
Read the whole thing.
Link courtesy of my younger daughter.
A decade ago, nearly all b-school grads flocked to traditional corporate jobs in finance and management.
Today, however, a growing number of newly minted MBAs decide to start their own businesses or go to work for Silicon Valley startups.
But 3D printing, which last fall Credit Suisse forecast could grow up to 30%, has the potential to reshape how America makes stuff, creating new high tech jobs in the U.S. and bringing old ones back from abroad.
You can say that again: "In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student". (Link via Instapundit.)
"The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi."
I absolutely concur with the observation. But I don't think she's got the causality right. It's a function of the huge growth of administrators, many of whom have it's-not-our-problem-we-warned-you (aka "cover your ass") as a primary objective.
That's usually the case in schooling: "Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD."
In June, school district leaders began backing off of their "all-iPad" stance, allowing several LAUSD high schools to choose among six laptops instead of Apple's tablet.
A writer from the Center for Public Integrity is in a bit of a panic:
But teachers who use Edvantage won’t find much ideological balance while researching content on the website’s economics pages.
Bulletin: the Kochs are trying to bring a little bit of balance back to the public schools. If you think otherwise you haven't been in, or around, many public schools recently.
Pretty much nailed it. #2 is probably the most apt:
Don’t ask the professor if you “missed anything important” during an absence.
No, you didn’t miss anything important. We spent the whole hour watching cats play the theremin on YouTube!
Of course you missed something important! We’re college professors! Thinking everything we do is important is an occupational hazard. Here’s an alternative way to phrase it: “I’m so sorry I missed class. I’m sure it was awesome.”
You can put this down as a law of human behavior: if the stakes are high and if a system can be gamed, then, sooner or later, the system will be gamed. This is a fascinating if rather depressing case study.
(So what would be a good college rating system? I think XKCD is, as usual, on the right track.)