Of course it's all going down the shitter but I didn't think it would flush this fast
Each fall, I grace my students with a little unsolicited advice. Nothing profound, just a caution against the latest manifestation of poor behavior by last year’s students. As you might guess, my advice has (d)evolved to reflect the decreasing quality of my students. “Take good notes in class” now seems so quaint but that was my first message to them oh so many years ago. I recently told students, “Buy your books when classes start, not when the first exam comes.” (Wouldn’t you be insulted if your professor thought you were so dumb as to deserve that warning? Some later told me that they appreciated that bit of wisdom because they were on eht fence about whether to buy the book at all.) Even that statement is eclipsed by today’s message.
“Don’t miss the first week of class.”
I'm paid to talk for 50 minutes at a time and I don't know what to say. I just don’t know. How could it get worse?
I guess I’ll find out next year.
(Bonus: Can we arrange for the students who skip the first week of class to be taught by the faculty who skip the first week of class? They deserve each other.)