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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I'm back (kind of)

I apologize for my absence, but I've just been through a heck of a couple of weeks with this year's batch of students.

Good gawd, where do these people come from?

I've had to literally fight them tooth and nail, and not just the young ones. Some of the older ones have been running real trips on me, bad enough that today, I let one of them have it in class. Actually, two of them. I had to do the same thing Monday.

It's really really exhausting, but hopefully, this time, I knocked some sense into them.

Gawd, if anyone doubts we're falling to Third World status, come spend a few hours with my students. Scary.


At 11:10 PM, Blogger Leila M. said...

I just don't get what their problem is. I never saw situations such as this when I was in univ-- and I transfered around and went to FOUR of them!

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Cookie said...

It's bad.

I had to slap down a mother of five who has used her children and discrimination against her way of speaking as axes hanging over my nexk. I've been telling them THEY HAVE TO USE STANDARD --- not Okie --- English and she's been causing me frief about this since last year. She pulled it again, announcing in class I call her a hick and ignorant and everything else, and I just blew and said no, actually, I haven't. But YOU came to me when you first entered my classes and told me your last teacher had called you a hick and ignorant, and you hoped I was nicer than her.

She's not the least of it. It's so frustrating because I have good students --- and then, i have those who want a free pass becase they have kids or they're hillbillies or their dad is rich or whatever.

Very fucking frustrating.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Cookie said...

kpLet me also add, the example I give above? Her writing is almost illegible. She's maybe one notch above functionally illiterate. But she's managed to kind of emotionally bully her way through.

I have several like that. They're really flipping now because I've been closing off all escape routes so they can no longer blame anyone but themselves. And that's freaking them out. But they have GOT to figure this out because I refuse to unleash them n other teachers or the work force like this.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Leila M. said...

It's just so weird to me. I mean regular grade scale- 90% + is an A and so forth. Show up, do work, no bitching. Any re-take revision stuff pending hardcore proof (maybe thats a loophole lol)

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Cookie said...

yThey don't get that. Or, better said, they pretend they don't, and they pull all kinds of stunts to get their way. In addition, some of them (eg, the woman with the five kids) have throughly entrenched excuses and are amazingly skillful at the manipulation.

A big problem with that for me is that I have to violate my own deeply entrenched attitudes and beliefs to battle theirs.

For example, it is extremely important to me to show respect to EVERYONE. It's how i was raised and, in fact, it was so intense for e growing up that I was raised that IT'S RUDE TO USE PEOPLE'S FIRST NAMES! Seriously --- even your friends, unless you're their best friend. You don't do it.

So I have to go against everything i was ever taught to battle back. For example, busting that woman in class is against everything i believe --- but she pulled her shit (again) WHEN SHE KNOWS GOOD AND WELL every single thing she was accusing me of, she in fact has been telling me for weeks now her last teacher did. It's a power trip and a way to get out of doing the work and get passed on and all that crap.

And the fact that she's functionally illiterate AND in college tells you how good she is at it. But I've decided the buck stops here when it comes to the people from here n out --- and she is NOT getting past me if, by the end of the semester, I still believe she's basically illiterate.

At 4:30 AM, Blogger MJ said...

I hear you. I've been standing at that wall where students like this stop. Don't sacrifice your health, I don't think it's worth it. Do you?


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