Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Today on Prof. Facepalm: Snowbound!

Thanks to a brief bout with the flu and, of course, the snow (which is caused by liberal policies, I am pleased to learn from eavesdropping on some folks at the local convenience store), my Monday-Wednesday class will have only met once by the end of this, the second week of class.

If it were any other class, I would be anxious about this, worried about the content I'll have to cut out to keep us on schedule. But this is a watered-down Humanities survey aimed at two-year-degree students who will never, ever pick up a history book or great work of literature again in their lives. So how bad a teacher am I if I frankly don't think it'll make a whit of difference if we don't cover this important event or that great work of art?

Of course, I'm also not really all that concerned about my lack of concern... but meta-anxiety about my professional commitment will have to wait for another post.


  1. You're not a bad teacher, though I don't think you should assume that they'll never, ever pick up another book. I have had students whom I never would have suspected would turn into readers, yet there they are, checking out the books I've recommended off-hand during class and clicking the "optional" links in the LMS.

    I wouldn't worry about it--if you have an LMS, post the stuff you didn't get to on the off days, and those who want to partake, will. My LMS lets me see who's reading what--maybe yours does too.

  2. I'd say soldier on, but go for depth, not breadth. After all, humanities classes are supposed to develop analytical skills (and that's presumably the main reason administrators haven't yet set all of us humanists adrift on an ice floe -- well that, and the lack of available ice floes, but that's just a rumor perpetuated by the liberal media).