Another treasure of student logic:
I was'nt in class this week and got 0 on 3 assiments. Since I was'nt
there, I wonder why I got 0. Please call me.
Dear Clueless Karl:
By your logic, if you never attended class and turned nothing in all
semester, you'd earn an A. At the beginning of the semester, when I
said that everyone starts out with the potential to earn an A and has
to work hard to maintain it, I didn't mean that you maintained an A by
simply doing nothing. See you in class next week. BTW, I cannot call
you because you did not supply me with a phone number.
And while I'm on the subject, phone messages from students seem
particularly inane, too. Sometimes I want to break my phone just so no
one can ever leave me another message:
Student Message left: Um, yeah, I have a question about the homework.
Could you call me back. Thanks.
Me: Hmm, no name, no number. Must not expect a call back.
Student Message left: Um, yeah, I called earlier with a question. Can
you call me in the next hour? Thanks.
Me: Hmm, still no name, no number.
Student Message left: Oh, you're still not in your office [at 10 p.m.
How rude of me!]. Can you call me at 555-1212?
Me returning call: Hi, This is Professor Cynic: I'm not sure who
called, but I'm returning a call to someone who had a question about
Student: Oh, yeah, um I think I'm good.
Me: Are you sure? I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
Student: No, I'm good.
Me: Oh, OK. See you in class tomorrow.
Student: Wait, um... who is this?