Archive for the ‘It’s Been One of Those Semesters’ Category
An URL of the previous blog below (The Slippery Ethical Slope of the Hunts Point Express) was posted Monday on the The Hunts Point Express facebook page. Lo and behold, it was no longer there yesterday. In fact, the The Hunts Point Express on online is not accepting comments either.
Uh Oh! The plot thickens.
D:F/M has been in a state of academic stasis for years and years but in recent years Colleagues have resorted to all manner of fabrications to cover up its failings. What follows reveals a venial sin/omission compared to a mortal sin/omission (catechism from Catholic schools still resonates slightly). It also could be merely a mistake.
I engage my students throughout the semester so I usually have an idea how they might evaluate the class/me. I keep the following in mind: 1) Many resist reading the syllabus, and I get annoyed, waiting for signs that reality is penetrating their resistance, that they’re not following the guidelines and rules that can significantly impact their grades. It is not unusual for students to dare me to flunk them and I do when they don’t clean up their act.
This post was inspired by a recent notice that I could review my students’ evaluations of their classes with me this past semester. See the notice at the end if interested.
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.