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A Semester’s Story January 24, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Education.

While professors prepare their syllabi and students struggle to manage their schedules while coping with shrinking course offerings, it is worth keeping in mind the real academic calendar. Via Laurie Fendrich:

Early January. Because students don’t have very many claims on their attention, it’s good to send out reading assignments even before school begins.

February. Students love all their courses, and are gung-ho about doing well. There’s no reason they can’t earn a grade of “A” in just about every course. This is the time when smart professors really pile on the work.

March. Students have come to terms with the fact that it’s going to be darn hard to get all those “A’s” they originally thought would just fall in their laps. The moment calls for triage: It’s time to figure out whether to drop calculus or the course in the history of mirrors. Also, students need more sleep than they’re getting, and the way to fix that is to sleep through the first half of the early morning class.

April. It’s too late. Whole lives are doomed. Students will never get into law school with the grades you, the vile, wretched, cruel-hearted professor, have been unfairly giving out.

May. The semester ends. Professors never gave students a chance, or considered how hard they tried. The world is stacked against them. What does it matter? There are no jobs out there anyway.

June. Whatever happened in the past is over and done with. Time to forget everything and party like hell.

NOTE: Summer inevitably passes. With fall, the Sisyphean climb resumes.

June seems very far away.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



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