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because the children are our future

From the popular site, "Sh*t my students write":

As you know I also have not been keeping up with my HW assignments, this is due to the fact of not having the course book.

Not quite sure whether to laugh or cry...


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May. 20th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
One of the fifth grade teachers and I had a student who rarely brought in his homework. His blanket excuse: "I left it on the counter in the kitchen." He told us this so much that it became a catchphrase. We'd say, "D., where's your homework?" and everyone in the classroom would say with him "I left it on the counter in the kitchen."

About three-quarters of the way through the school year, he moved. When we were informed that he had moved, the teacher looked at me with an evil grin and said "You know why he had to move don't you?" I laughed and said "There's no more room on the kitchen counter." "Exactly." And we both broke up laughing.
May. 20th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Hee! That's definitely cute. But I rather think this guy (given the site and the fact he apparently had to buy the book) was university-level. Could be wrong, of course.

Most semesters I have students ask me whether they have to buy the books. That always amazes me because this is an expensive Catholic school. You'd spend tens of thousands on tuition but not buy the books I said we'd be using, and expect good results? It boggles the mind.
May. 20th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)

My husband got a similar comment on his teaching evaluations for a graduate-level course he teaches, i.e. "it would be helpful if we could have the day's course slides ahead of time, since some of us don't have the textbook." I don't understand why any college student thinks a required textbook is not mandatory for the class. *rolls eyes*
May. 20th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
What I find most striking in all these comments is not that some students haven't bought the book, but that they're so candid about it with the person who's responsible for assigning them a grade. At the very least feel some shame.
May. 21st, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
I think you're definitely on to something there. It's a bit insulting, actually. I guess it makes sense given that we're dealing with the Wikipedia generation (the fact that information isn't free and readily electronically is in some ways countercultural), but yes - a little bit of shame on their part would still be nice.

By the way, I've been meaning to reply to your earlier comment re: homosexuality. I haven't forgotten about it, but whenever I sit down to reply I find I can't do it succinctly. My thoughts on that topic really need another post, and I haven't made the time to write that out. But I wanted to thank you, because your comments were definitely thought-provoking in a good way.
May. 21st, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
(the fact that information isn't free and readily electronically is in some ways countercultural)

I hadn't thought of that, but that's a really good point.

No worries on the reply. I was a bit shocked when I hit post and realised it had turned out as long as it did. As a general rule myself I stay away from engaging in social or politic debate online because I find it sucks up far more time and energy than I can justify. That's frequently doubly true here, because your posts on those topics are reasoned, nuanced and interrogative, so I feel that if I'm going to comment, I have to be willing to put the effort in to produce a response at the same level.
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