Monday, January 22, 2007

No sympathy

I haven't seen this on any of the teaching blogs that I frequent. So I'll post it here. It's a list of common student complaints, with answers, put together by a fellow from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. It's a little snarky, but I like it. My favorite response, I think, is to the complaint that "The course wasn't relevant".
If something as vast as mathematics or science or history can pass through your brain without even scraping the sides on the way through, that's a pretty big hole. Are you sure it's the course that doesn't relate to anything?

For me, much of the post comes under the heading of "Things I would like to tell students, but wouldn't dare." I don't know, maybe this guy actually dares.