|A warriors drink!|
Me: Oh, you know... Writing them is so much fun.
One of your students said that you were allowing them to take the final on the WebBasedThingy, as opposed to taking it during class.
Chair: <blank stare> No. We have a common final.
Me: Excuse me?
|Oh Guinan, your wisdom is most needed.|
Me: Surely, this would have been something I would have been told about. I mean, I've already told my students that the final would be a take-home and now some of them might not even show up on the day of the final, even though we are going to be covering material...
Chair: You were told. In an email.
Me: When was the email sent?
Chair: About three months ago. <grinning> It's easy to overlook these things... Anyway, I have to go.
Me: Computer, transfer EMH holomatrix to Wolf359 Communications Lab.
<EMH dissolves. Reappears in Lab.>
Me: Computer, unpack Starfleet communications relay.
Computer: Please specify how you would like to proceed, sir.
Me: I would like to view my emails and search for specific messages.
Me: On screen.
Me: Search for any messages that contain the phrases "Department Chair", "common final", "Remedial Studies"
Computer: Only one search result. Message sent September 22, 2411.
<So, I read the whole email exchange. It mentions a common final for the "Real College Math" courses, but not for the pre-college Remedial Studies program.>
Later that day...
<I notice the chair in his office.>
Me: Do you have a moment?
Me: I found the email you were talking about. It specifies common finals for the non-remedial courses, but not the remedial ones. Are you sure there is a common final for the remedial courses?
Chair: Look, the decision was forced on the Math Dept. I had no play in the matter. It is posted in the curriculum packet.
Me: It wasn't when I read it. When did they put it in there?
Chair: Last spring.
Me: I just feel left out of the loop about this. If I mis-read the curriculum, then okay, I messed up. However, it seems that there was a great deal of information that you think you informed me about but turned out not to be there.
Chair: I had absolutely no choice in the matter. This was forced on the Department. There was a vote on it and I was pushed out as chair. I feel as much left out of the loop as you are. We don't have any choice but to give the students a common final.
Me: <Thinking: If it was put in the curriculum last Spring, then that's when it was voted on and if that's when you were pushed out, then how were you still Chair in September?>
Can somebody please tell me what is going on here? I don't know what is more frustrating. Not being told about the common final or only finding out about it because I happened to bump into the Chair in the Quad.