Friday, December 09, 2005

On a related note

A few of my astronomy students have voiced their surprise that not only do I correct their grammar and spelling, but I will also dock their grade. I've heard "This isn't an English class, you know." I like the implication that proper English usage is only necessary for their English courses, which have no bearing on the rest of their academic and personal lives, of course.

Don't worry. Next week is finals week, and then my petty griping will slow down somewhat. Until I hit the malls, that is.

5 comments:

Carl said...

I love compartments.

Kirsten said...

When they say that, tell them you're actually grading them on their worth as a human being. "People who can't bother to use a spell- or grammar-check on their stuff just aren't very valuable." See how they take that one.

Dr. Lisa said...

My misanthropy would make me a really tough grader. :)

Oh, I had a student express surprise that I also teach physics because I'm just an astronomer. I prefer "astrophysicist", thank you kindly.

Anonymous said...

The world needs more teachers like Dr. Lisa.

Anonymous said...

That was me. Aa...blogger won't let me put my name in...damn blog.