Originally Posted by amoda
I belive that this is the perfect thread to help me rant about a recent grade that i got, while keeping context of the thread. Two days ago i received a pretty shitty mark on an essay i did. Usually if i receive a pretty mark it's because i deserved it. I then suck it up, learn my mistakes and make sure not to do them again. Not so this time. I lost nearly 30% for, take a seat, "thinking too much". Now let me give you the direct quote of the t.a's comment "You actually write fairly well, but you thought too much. Next time, to raise your grade, you should leave behind your own thinking and follow the professor's."
That ladies and gents is what they are teaching us to do in university. To follow our professor's ideas and beliefs and to leave our own behind. #^%# And after all this people are all suprised that today's generation of students lack important skills. It's because we're put between either thinking for our own and getting a shitty gpa or following the prof and getting A+'s. Don't get me wrong i didn't lose all the points just because of "thinking too much". My grammar obviously isn't perfect but i did lose points in that department, but those ones are understandable.
The T.A. is absolutely right. (S)he did you a TREMENDOUS FAVOR by telling you!
If you're a liberal arts major, you MUST agree with the teacher on all the things they say, no matter what.
Otherwise, you are taking a huge risk in addition to wasting your time.
Usually, spelling out the professor's argument is easier than formulating your own and has probably already been done by them, in class. Not only that, but the professor, like most idiots, thinks that they know all the facts, and have come to the only logical conclusion from those facts. Therefore, if you don't think the way they do, you must be ignorant.
Welcome to college!
Liberal arts is all about restating exactly what the professor says on paper, even if you think otherwise. This is an EXTREMELY useful skill in the real world. The better you convince them that you agree, the better you do.
You're probably the argumentative type. For a single day, try and fake agreement on everything with anyone. Dicussions will last 20 seconds and end with 'lemme buy you a beer!' nearly every time. It's remarkable.
P.S., as someone said earlier, you probably did the assignment wrong anyway, which is what the person was probably trying to tell you. The rest of my post was just there to rant about why I went from political science to pre-med.