The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, September 01, 2006

“Failure to plan ahead on your part does not create an emergency on my part.”

Do You Give Out a Study Guide?

Hmm. The textbook simplifies a vast amount of material, then I simplify it more in lecture. Then you want me to extract the most important ten per cent of that and put it on a study guide, so if you know most of it you can get an A.

So what you're saying is the cutoff grade for an A should be 10%, right?

Via Columbia, Top Ten No Sympathy Lines (Plus a Few Extra)

An acerbic wit and also a university professor?

I'm surprised he's lasted this long.

I remember a few years ago talking to a friend of mine about the decline of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at FAU and I was told, point blank (since this friend worked in the department) that the department intentionally dumbed down the courses because too many students were complaining about the difficulty of the course, and the non-industry slant (I think they were teaching C at the time when C++ and Java were hot) of the courses (my response was, “What? They expect a university to be a trade school?”).

I'm still waiting for the day when people remember that an education is a priviledge and not a right.

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