When I gave you your research essay assignment, I offered four, count them, FOUR suggested prompts. That's because I, old, jaded, 40 something prof that I am, have long given up on the idea that you kids can generate your OWN topics. And yet, yes, something still calls to me about inquiry based learning. I love the idea. I recognize its merits. I want to teach students like that. So I spend a whole class discussing ways you could generate your own topic. I did make it very clear, though, Randy, that you needed to clear it with me prior to spending any actual TIME on your own topics prior to getting them cleared with me.
That, my friend, is on account of personal experience with the myriad ways in which you kids FUCK with the topic, and with me.
So when I STOOPIDLY checked my e-mail this afternoon, the last Sunday afternoon of our Spring Break, I was just a tiny bit surprised by your missive in which you told me you had "put together" an entire research essay on the ways that Creon fucked up in Antigone. Oh, you did not word it that way. You worded it just exactly the way I might expect someone on, oh, say Bookrags to have worded a summary of their research essay on the play "Antigone."
Now, for the record, I never suggested you write about that play. My research essay is not exactly the same, but is somewhat similar to the one described in a College Misery rant. You have to look at the way a social issue is discussed in the work you are writing about. So, my dear Randy, examining the ways in which Creon made bad decisions is just not going to fit the bill.
And you noticed that, when you actually looked at the assignment. That's why you e-mailed me today. You asked me why I wanted you to consider such specific points, when I also told you that you could choose your own topic. Never mind that we spent 80 minutes going over the types of things you might be spurred to investigate on your own. No, now you are simply outraged that I would allow you to spend countless hours downloading an essay from....say, Bookrags.com.
OK, dammit. I found your entire essay on Bookrags! You SUCK Randy! I cannot believe you find the tenacity to look at your own reflection in the mirror!
I find myself more and more disillusioned each semester. Where is society headed?
-- Professor Bella