Yes, it was a miraculous morning here as I sorted through 14 projects, each one lacking enough skill or joie de vivre to pass my incredibly high standards.
- 9 of the 14 failed to meet the requirement of "include data from 4 different sources," written on the assignment sheet.
- 10 of the 14 failed to alphabetize the sources, addressed in the first line of the assignment sheet.
- 8 of the 14 failed to start their entries with an "evaluative comment about the usefulness of this source," state on the assignment sheet and discussed MINUTES before we started the project.
- 10 of the 14 failed to name their attached file in the standard format for this class and this department: "Lastname-Research7-Classname3301.doc." Most came in like this "Firstname.doc."
- 6 of the 14 included sources from magazines listed on the assignment sheet as: "Non-credible sources. Choose something from a reputable journal off of list #2" - also on the sheet.)
- 10 of the 14 failed to include a rationale for how the source in question relates, complements, or rebuts to another source in their project. It's supposed to be the last sentence of each entry. The 4 who did have a sentence there said things like: "This is another source," and "This is an older source."
When it all got totaled up, nobody passed. I know I can't flunk everyone at semester end, but how much of this are we supposed to tolerate.
All of this is simply "reading the instructions." None of this was hard or new. It's all stuff we've done in class on previous projects. All of it is stuff I say out loud, include on handouts, send out in emails. I can look right fucking at them and say, "Alphabetize your final copy," and they will not, almost willfully, except that's not possible. They are willful about nothing.