Maybe there is (or isn't) a similarity between "cultural" and "Gen-X-Entitled." But since much of an intro course in anthro covers this topic, the most we can do is to clarify the rules, hit 'em over the head several times with those rules, all the while defining "adequate performance" is for a given class, then, if the "entitlement" thing continues, ....
Re: is it mean?
Posted by: "Chuck & Gail Ellenbaum" ellenbaumbridge@...
Date: Mon May 10, 2010 11:26 am ((PDT))
This is priceless. But to some of our more "entitled" students, the
sarcasm might pass by unrealized.
Chuck Ellenbaum ><>
On May 10, 2010, at 1:11 PM, Lori Barkley wrote:
> OK, so this shows how far I am behind in my emails, but here is a
> poem from a Canadian working in academe that speaks directly to this.
> Enjoy! (I like to quote from it during the semester...) Hope to see
> you in Puerto Rico!
> Did I Miss Anything?
> Tom Wayman
> Nothing. When we realized you weren’t here
> we sat with our hands folded on our desks
> in silence, for the full two hours
> Everything. I gave an exam worth
> 40 percent of the grade for this term
> and assigned some reading due today
> on which I’m about to hand out a quiz
> worth 50 percent
> Nothing. None of the content of this course
> has value or meaning
> Take as many days off as you like:
> any activities we undertake as a class
> I assure you will not matter either to you or me
> and are without purpose
> Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
> a shaft of light suddenly descended and an angel
> or other heavenly being appeared
> and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
> to attain divine wisdom in this life and
> the hereafter
> This is the last time the class will meet
> before we disperse to bring the good news to all people
> on earth.
> Nothing. When you are not present
> how could something significant occur?
> Everything. Contained in this classroom
> is a microcosm of human experience
> assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
> This is not the only place such an opportunity has been
> but it was one place
> And you weren’t here
> >>> "Lynch, Brian M" <blynch@...> 02/04/2010 5:40 pm >>>
> This reminds me of my own gut feeling when a student, who hasn't been
> to class for a week or more, comes to me very sincerely and matter of
> factly and says "Sorry I wasn't here... I had to ________(fill in the
> blank). Can you tell me what I missed?" (or "Did I miss anything?")
> inside I am tempted to say "No, since you weren't here we didn't do
> anything in your absence." It is frustrating, and sometimes very
> discouraging, to realize that a student might so off-handedly expect a
> five minute catch-up on something that I might have prepared for
> and which took maybe three hours (or more) to explore in class.
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