Food for thought...
The semester’s over. If you’re anything like the academics I coach, you feel like death warmed over. Those last stacks of grading got done on sheer will, determination and fumes. And this is before considering your writing deadlines, committee responsibilities, and other demands. You are suffering from Academic Exhaustion Syndrome. Academic Exhaustion Syndrome (an advanced, more scholarly state of burn out) is a state of emotional, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress, ending with grading, over the course of the semester and academic year. As the stress continues, you begin to lose interest and motivation to work, you have fantasies of standing up and screaming in the middle of a meeting, and you wonder what temporary loss of reality testing made you decide to become an academic. This dreaded Syndrome can: Reduce your productivity and saps your energy Make you irritable and have thoughts of strangling an undergraduate Make you feel like you have nothing more to g
I saw this. It figures that instead of the traditional view where a generation inculcates youth to fit into their world, most of the conventional advice is how to fit into what gen y wants. After all, culture is just a marketplace to these kids. I have grave concerns over the results of this trend and many are bearing fruit. College lecturers now have to deal with uncivil, disruptive students.ReplyDelete
I agree with you, anonymous. The supposition is that they are on Facebook, the cell phone, watching tv, etc. because of something that is inadequate in the classroom. Maybe it's the other way around -- that if they valued their studies and remembered that they are the lucky ones, they would spend more time on homework and less time on Facebook during class, and the classes would have more life to them; more interaction. Teachers knew my name when I went to Penn because I asked questions, talked to them after class, showed interest and curiosity. And they were often lecture classes back then, also.ReplyDelete