The best way to bring in 2013 for NYC: The clock strikes midnight and everyone engages in one minute of silence for the victims and survivors of Sandy, Newton, the worst depression/recession in memory and NYPD Stop & Frisk.
Archive for December, 2012
I’m amazed at my students whose lives and families and homes took major hits from Hurricane Sandy (and lest I forget the economic failures also stalking their lives and their families and neighbors) but who, nevertheless, pulled their own weight, didn’t whine or moan, were stalwart and made contributions to their communities and to others and showed compassion.
Instructors should never underestimate their students … but it happens.
Comments below are from an email from a student for whom I’ve filed a complaint with the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Board for suspected cheating. I filed a second complaint with the College Behavioral Response Team for shouting and cursing and demanding, in an abusive manner, for an A in a class where the student seemed to be doing passing work.
The student believe that being abusive would improve chances for an A in the course. The student’s sophistry (revealed in comments) is not unusual nor was the student’s irrational behavior. Years ago, I developed a protocol for dealing with students who cheated because of Colleagues who inspired and supported students to cheat. More about this later.