Monday, March 5, 2007

Easy on the Eyes

I never claimed to be all that professional when it came to being a professor. In fact, there have been several times when I complained about individual students right here on this very blog. I intend to do that again now. Well, actually, I just want to make a few comments.

Despite whatever inappropriate things I may write here, it would still never be any less appropriate than the comments on one student’s final exam yesterday: “I respect your knowledge. Your [sic] also easy on the eyes. Thanks!” Now am I to assume that this student intended to declare, “You’re also easy on the eyes,” or did this student instead forget to write a word between “Your” and “also”? Did this student mean to include “face” in this declaration? Perhaps “ass”? “Clothes” maybe? Whatever. As long as something is easy on said student’s eyes, that’s all that matters, I guess.

Here’s a silly-gism—not to be confused with a formal syllogism from logic—that one student included in an answer on the final: “Plato is a man; Plato is mortal; therefore, Plato is a man.” I’m still laughing. What a lovely tautology! Another student chose to use mathematical notation to get the same point across: “a=b, b=c, c=c” with no “if,” “then,” or “therefore” and absolutely no logic. It’s the little things that mean so much to an underpaid professor.

Now it’s time to enjoy this so-called spring break (yes, three weeks before spring begins!) by reading as much as I can and getting back to the gym (which I’ve neglected while teaching these past three weeks). I’d hate to be hard on the eyes, after all.

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