I'll say this. The student who wrote the post below is correct that we (I mean, our colleagues, not us) have their faults, some severe. We share her disdain for some professors. My only hesitation in posting this is that it consumes some of my sympathy for students at the beginning of the semester and that's already in short supply.
[This post appeared out of order from the rest. I'm reposting it.]
From Rate Your Students, December 27, 2005
Listen, THE PROFESSOR, if you really
want to understand what it's like to have professors like you grade us,
rate us, poke us and prod us every day, take a walk in my shoes.
Bio teacher tells us on every test that there are at least 2 right
answers for every question, and that one is "better." Does that seem
fair to you? Not me either.
My major field advisor is a stinking
drunk, and I mean stinking. I can smell his scotch or whatever every
time I walk in to his office. I have to smile so he fills out my forms
even though he makes me sick to my stomach.
professor tries to look up my skirt when I wear one. He hardly even
pretends to do it casually. He's a married man, and old enough to be my
dad. And because I can't possibly say anything against him - I'll flunk -
I have to act like it doesn't bother me. I am physically ill every day
before that class, and I'm glad I'll never have to see him again. But I
bet there's another one like him waiting for me next semester.
sleep in a dorm room with a girl who barfs three times a day, and who I
can't report because I'm afraid she'll kill herself. I have a suitemate
who screws her boyfriend after dorm hours and I can't say anything about
that because her dad gave the college a ton of money and I don't need
to be any more of an outsider than I am.
I can only schedule
classes at weird times because of the incredibly clogged network. So on
MWF I have a class at 8 am, noon, and 4 pm. How am I supposed to get a
work schedule at the Kohl's if I can't get away from campus for a few
hours in a row. Yes, I pay for a lot of my school myself, and I have to
work in order to come here.
So, while you're all getting your
jollies picking on students, please realize we're not all the same, and
not all of us deserve your scorn.