[lit-ideas] Re: The bullshit stamp

  • From: "Paul Stone" <pastone@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 16:24:25 -0400

> If he were as good a teacher as he was a philosopher, I don't think he'd
> agree
> with your reading of the marginalia. You missed a good opportunity to
> clarify
> your thought for him and then see what his response would have been.
> Sarcasm
> and rhetorical questions do not belong in professional feedback to
> students on
> their work.

I had a professor in a Philosophy course who, at the end of my 25 page essay
simply put a 'B' with no comments throughout the entire paper.
I went to him and said "Well, how can I get a better mark?" And he said
"Write a better paper." My response was "Meaning what, precisely!" I never
got any kind of an answer. 19 years later, I still fondly remember him as an
obtuse asshole!


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