I do appreciate that the student can at least write coherently, really I do. In red – the smackdown.
Dear Dr. Horrible Meanie Prof:
I, and many other students who, your two best buddies who you let you copy all their work?, feel that the poor planning of the course is wholly unprofessional on your part. And you can say this of course, because you ARE a professional with over 20 years’ experience – WHOOPS, sorry, I’M the one who has been a professional for over 20 years - sorry, forgot! Perhaps in class you can explain why we had the same amount of work in the first ten weeks of the semester that we now have had in the last 4 weeks (one project, two assignments, and one midterm). I am very confident I am glad you are confident about SOMETHING that, even in the "real world" a boss would understand when one of his/her employees are working their hardest but are simply overwhelmed by the load. Yes, they would understand enough to say, “don’t let my office door hit you in the ass as you leave – you’re fired.” It is my hope that you can set a better example now and in the future. Oh, please, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!!! I will do better in the future, I PROMISE!
I know without a doubt that my peers will forgo sleep You mean they won't sleep in class anymore? , drop their other commitments, and do the very best that they can to get everything done, all the while being frightened of admitting what they don't understand. Your asking the whole class, "Who doesn't understand it?" “Who has questions?” or "Who can't do it?" will never get an honest response. Especially now when students literally do not have the time to think about and determine what they don't know.
Thank you for listening, I AM impressed with your writing – that tone of entitled superiority normally takes years to develop.
Self-Appointed Class Leader and Entitled Know-it-all (SACLEK)
As for the "the same amount of work in the first ten weeks of the semester that we now have had in the last 4 weeks (one project, two assignments, and one midterm)." – Perhaps you recall my saying in class: “I am going to trust you to do your work in the first part of the semester, even though you will not turn it in? I expected that seniors would keep up with reading the text, would complete in-class examples, would attempt working or reworking text examples, and "work" to acquire understanding of the course material, regardless of whether the "work" was graded. In fact, much of the excess effort students are experiencing now is a result of students having to catch up on concepts and understanding that was missed by failing to keep up earlier in the class.
I am also at a loss for what you (and other students) expect regarding addressing gaps in your understanding. I hold three scheduled Office Hours per week, and student can make appointment online. SIX students, TOTAL have visited me during office hours this semester. Offers to go over assignments DURING CLASS TIME have been passed on by most of the class. It is unfortunate that students are "frightened" of admitting they do not understand; of all of the habits professionals need to develop, that has to be one of the most critical. If students do not admit lack of knowledge, it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to learn.
I am not the only faculty member who has been going back to instructional materials we have used over several decades of teaching and finding that we are, in fact, demanding CONSIDERABLY LESS of students than we did even 8-10 years ago. I am not at all sure why the same expectations that I would have for the students of 10 years ago would be so unreasonable in the present.
In short, I have actually required LESS (submitted) work from this semester’s student than ever, offered MORE access to my time, but I am seeing the LEAST effort of any class I’ve ever had to acquire the necessary competence to be a professional in this field. No, I am NOT going to change what I do.
Horrible Meanie Prof