Thursday, February 25, 2010

Signs and portents

A friend is having a few work issues at college, one of which is that he's got to be less judgemental when assessing the work of his students. Sorry, customers. Paying customers at that.

"I should have my mark reassessed," said one. "I didn't realise there were questions on the back of the sheet."

These students are training to be lawyers.

13 comments:

wendy house said...

These students appear well on the way, practicing arguments to achieve a result with no strong moral position.

Madame DeFarge said...

But have they been on the page turning course? It's a key skill in educational development, along with put your pens down now and write your own essays. Or is that just a sign of age?

Lulu LaBonne said...

If I was a teacher I'd keep a gun in my desk for those students

savannah said...

seriously? sweet mary sunshine, sugar, i thought that sort of behavior was strictly an american thing! *sigh* xoxoxox

(it's called school and not playground for a reason! i despair for the future.)

Gadjo Dilo said...

I've always imagined it would be a good thing to employ a lawyer who is less smart than you are.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Lawyers are a canny breed, just when you think you have their stupidity beaten, along comes the bill...

Scarlet Blue said...

Indeed, as Wendy says, it looks as though this student is being trained well!
Sx

Pat said...

What happened to brains? I blame these modules.

willow said...

They could argue their way out of ANything.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Wendy: I hadn't thought of that. I'm too naive for words.

Madame DeF: this is the first generation that doesn't understand paper. All their homework was done by Googling the subject then cut'n'pasting stuff together.

Which is why some of the college assignments have begun "As stated earlier in this article..." And why the first citation on one paper was "ibid."

Lulu: the students, the parents and a lot of the colleagues...

Savanannah: nah, you lead, we slavishly follow.

Gadjo: no. Honestly. You can imagine how smart a local council solicitor can be.

Jimmy: painfully true.

Pat: brains are optional. Indeed, most days I think they're a painful luxury.

Scarlet and Willow: you and Wendy have made me see the error of my ways.

Nota Bene said...

Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. And oh again. I feel quite judgemental on this

Kevin Musgrove said...

N B: quite right, sir!

Ellis Nadler said...

The Korean student in "A Serious Man" comes to mind