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Pop Quiz: Academic Entitlement

This is undoubtedly not a new issue here on School of Doubt, but I was once again struck (at the end of the semester and seeing student comments) on how students seem to think they should be rewarded with a good grade for simply showing up and doing the bare …

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Pop Quiz: Commencement speeches

At my small school, I am required to attend graduation as part of my faculty duties, but it’s something I’d probably do anyway because most of our students attend their graduation. I like to see them so happy and excited and to congratulate and wish them well. Of course this …

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Pop Quiz: Cumulative knowledge?

Alright, I admit it.  I’m practically phoning this one in, but it’s finals week and I’m up to my ears in grading. Plus I have to write two finals for today! When I write exams, I try to get the students to use the larger concepts to solve specific problems.  …

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Pop quiz: Sexual assault on college campuses

This past week has been a big one for talking about how to deal with sexual assault on college campuses. The White House released a memorandum outlining the plan to establish a task force to address how to reduce sexual assault on college campuses.  Also this week, a list of …

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Pop Quiz: Givens

It’s a given that all college professors are liberal, that all students are lazy, that all politicians are corrupt… Stereotypes are thought to provide rapid information about a situation to reduce processing time.  They develop from generalizations and therefore remove any individual differences.  The issues with it are well known …

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Pop quiz: What to be when you grow up?

[Ed. note: the title of this piece has been changed since initial publication]   I teach biology in college and I advise our students in the major to prepare them for careers and post-graduate education.  I always start with “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  This …

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Pop quiz: Gender-segregated schools

So, in my debut at School of doubt, I asked a pretty focused question for teachers.  Perhaps it was too narrow, because I got no comments on it. Then Jennifer showed me the way.  To get comments, you need to write about something more basic. Penises. This topic however, is …

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Pop Quiz: Study Time!

  Why don’t students ever study enough?  Teachers have been asking this question probably since teaching was invented. I teach college classes across a range of levels and purposes.  Some classes are for non-science majors that they take for general education requirements.  Some are upper level service courses required by …

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