January 3rd, 2008

I hate giving exams. I have one more then I’m done for the semester, but that also means I have a huge stack of papers to mark.

But it’s not the marking that I hate most. No, that’s only second worst. What I hate the most is that exams bring out the stupidest behaviour in otherwise intelligent students. The worst so far was a student who said, “Teacher, I forgot my glasses”. I said, alright, go up closer to the blackboard and look (the topic for their essay was on the blackboard). And then, standing only one metre from the blackboard, Boy Genius had to borrow his classmate’s glasses to read what was written there.

I mean….


If you’re so blind that you can’t read what is written in large, clear letters on the blackboard from only one metre away, how the could you possibly be running around without your glasses?!

Anyway, one more exam on Monday, then I’ll get the marking and calculation of final grades done as quickly as possible, then I’ll be free till the end of February.

Looking forward to it…


2 Responses to “exams”

  1. John Says:

    I’ve seen this sort of stupidity more than enough times. They complain that they can’t read what you write, but if they have glasses, they don’t put them on. Or if they do wear them, they still squint and do that whole backwards glasses thing as if that helps.

    Even I, with my aged eyeballs, equipped with a pair of glasses, can read what I write on a blackboard, even although I might go and stand at the back of the classroom.

    Of course, this is further proof that those eye exercises are a ginormous waste of time.

    Let’s not even get onto the whole we-can’t-hear-the-shouting-teacher nonsense…

  2. wangbo Says:

    Regards eyesight, I think it’s a case of large numbers of students not getting the glasses they so obviously need- or parents refusing to get their kid glasses because that’ll somehow make their eyesight worse (let’s not forget, there is no connection between wealth and intelligence). Of course, there are those who can’t see the blackboard because they’re too lazy to look, but the most of the time it is because the students in question need to visit the optometrist.

    Which is mildly frustrating considering Beijing’s biggest optometrical (if that’s a word) market is less than a kilometre away.

    The hearing thing is just lazy little shits being lazy little shits.