Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Excerpt #2: From Class

One of my fellow students is, in my opinion, rather preposterous. This was evident throughout the semester, but I was still surprised when, on his final project, on a totally publicly accessible website (the website was the final project), in a place where the other students in the class were directed to go in order to give him (and everyone else) feedback, he posted this:

Is this "A" work? I think it is. In fact, it might be the best one in the class. I'd put this site and my Adobe Flash CS5 creations up against anyone else's for the "tasters choice" seal of excellence. I know that's a bold statement indeed and I realize this probably can't compete on a commercial level but no one else did as much with integrated audio, video and text. No one. Frankly, I think it's "A+" work if compared against my peers, that is unless you're holding me to some higher standard which would be totally unfair - though not unprecedented. It seems a lot of professors give me a "B+" when I not only earned an "A" but was the best student in the class with the best work (Wacholder did it, so did Belkin). I guess that it just goes to show how "subjective" and "petty" things really are.

First of all, I don't know why anyone would publish that anywhere, online or off. Second of all, I don't know why anyone would indicate that their professors, who have years of experience and are well established and respected within the field, are incapable of accurately assessing the results of one's efforts within the class. It's all a bit mind-boggling to me, but then again, I try not to be an inflammatory and radical person (at least in public), so maybe that's the problem.


Katya said...

He deserves an "A" for "arrogant."

Heather Dixon said...

What a turkey

elegyrl said...

All the mjore reason for that teacher to give him a B+ ;-)