So here are We'llBeGreatSomeday U., we are teaching focused. That means, among other things, that student evaluations are of paramount and frightening significance in determining the future prospects of faculty.
Dr. Amelia is probationary. And it's the time of the year when students are asking if instead of turning in the paper they are supposed to be writing, they can post a video on YouTube "on the same stuff." Or, since Dr. Amelia is lucky enough to teach the required first-year course in YouAreSpecial to freshmen, can they just count any old random thing they did go to ("I went to a local liquor store. That's local culture!") as a required campus event.
I so want to say "You're kidding, right?" But instead, I feel the need to placate the little dears. So they rank me higher and I can keep my job.
Which is better:
a) Smile, and say "Yes, darling, whatever YOU think is best because it is YOUR education" and plan on learning how to cowboy up after P & T.
b) Gently say "No, darling, I'm sorry, but here's why a liquor store isn't the same as a campus lecture" and let the chips fall where they may.
c) Say "Um, no." and pack my office, but like myself in the morning.