Monday, February 25, 2013


I got an email from a student pretty early this morning.  I just finished deciphering it, since it's written in almost unintelligibly thick AAVE*.   I finally figured out that the student wanted to know how long their essay (due week 10) needs to be, and whether they need to have a works cited page for an assignment that calls for research.

The assignment sheet clearly states, within the first third of the first page, that the paper needs to be 3-5 pages with at least three correctly cited sources. In bold.  Before the detailed instructions. 

READ the FUCKING ASSIGNMENT SHEET before you ask your fucking lazy-ass, stupid, I-can't-be-held-responsible-for-my-own-learning, do-it-for-me, speshul snowflake princess questions. 

Oh, and drop the fuck out, and go suck-start an illegal Glock, since you're apparently too fucking stupid to figure out how to use an idiot stick.**

(By the way--this is the third post inspired by this student.)

*AAVE--African-American Vernacular English, also known as Ebonics.

**A stick with a shovel, broom, or mop head on one end, and an idiot on the other.


  1. I do not wish to sound facetious but aside from a small stipend given in lieu of a real salary, do you receive any satisfaction from trying to teach the unteachable? Frankly, it sounds about as rewarding as instructing monkeys in algebra. the rat

    1. The unteachable make up most of the frustration, but comprise only about ten percent of the students in my classes in any given semester.

      Next fall, when I'm actually in front of a classroom again, is going to be much better, and a lot more fun.

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    3. 90% who are teachable! That is very encouraging! After all, they represent the future. I consider teaching to be a sacred task and have a special reverence for those who teach. I am not trying to tell you what to write, but I would enjoy hearing about the 90% a little more. thanks for all you do. the rat

      Sorry: Corrected my typos! ha ha ha

    4. It's really hard to write about students without giving away identifying characteristics--especially when I want the world to know how wonderful they are--and that's a violation of the various privacy acts fencing in the education industry.

    5. Oh, and you might enjoy reading about how happy a friend of mine is with her classes this semester--she's got a really good bunch:

      She teaches sciences at the university level.