1 hour and 50 minute class lasted 30 min. #SyllabusWeek
— Austin Bashore (@austin_bashore) August 25, 2014
My first class lasted 5 minutes! #syllabusweek
— A-A-Ron (@A_McKinneyPGA) August 25, 2014
Somebody tell me this isn't happening, please. There must be some movie, seen by these students when they were eleven years old, that warped their view of college and now they are expressing their expectation of how faculty teach. Maybe one professor handed out a syllabus, had a heart attack, slumped behind the lecture podium and the students figured class was over. This story morphed into the belief that any real learning (which students will aggressively avoid) doesn't begin until week two.
Teachers better not try to teach today! #SyllabusWeek
— Lamarr Pottinger (@iHurdle_5) August 25, 2014
Please don't actually teach things today. #SyllabusWeek
— Mike Serletti (@Mikey_McLovin) August 25, 2014
Although this is idea of a media-generated Syllabus Week is comforting, there are many, many students indicating that this happened to them. There's the strong possibility that students are just making this up. I'm pretty sure they lie to people besides instructors. While I can't discount that, I have a deep suspicion of some colleagues. If you bake students cookies and want to be their BFF, Syllabus Week wouldn't seem out of line.
This type of behavior by faculty is not deserving of any abbreviated cursing. What The Fuck, people? Are you out of your damn minds? Do you know what college costs your students? Are you aware that you even work at a college? (Granted, the amenities students receive does make campus look like a resort community.) This isn't fucking day camp. I do my job. Every single day. And it's harder thanks to these dirtbag professors letting kids out early "because they can't concentrate with so many butterflies in bloom" or whatever the hell dumb ideas float in and out of their minds.
I know one thing: it's not a humanities vs. science thing. Lots of departments don't offer labs during the first week of classes.
No lab this week is the best news a science major can hear #SyllabusWeek
— Jimika Mehta (@JimikaM) August 25, 2014
Christ, I hope that kid fails out.
I'm sure there's a hundred good, practical reasons to gather students together in a classroom so they can pick their noses for a few minutes while you ask, "what did you do this summer?" (I secretly hope one student answers, "I worked so that I can pay your salary, motherfucker. Now TEACH!") Regardless, it's all bullshit. Teaching starts on day one.