Milking the Applause
"Students were not like that in my day" moaned one of my maturer colleagues over the hi tech coffee machine in the department. I agreed; after 11 years at Embra I can form a preliminary view as we accies say. Edinburgh University students now, Trinity College Dublin undergraduates in the 1960s: compare and contrast. We at TCD were rude, arrogant, inattentive (if we bothered to turn up to lectures at all)scruffy and generally uninterested.We rubbished our teachers And gloried in it.
This lot are quiet, attentive, polite,well dressed and engaged. And they sometimes clap at the end. For goodness sake.
"Moronic lot!They don't clap me" said the mature colleague with a certain grim satisfaction. "So I must be doing
some thing right"
"Perhaps you should enthuse them a bit more?" I gently suggested
I am not here to enthuse them but to stuff thick heads with enough knowledge to get them through exams.Just. That's what I get inadequately paid for, and that's what I do. If they don't like it, that's their problem.Not mine."
Yes students have changed but I wonder about the lecturers
Are the Dinosaurs really extinct?
Labels: Dinosaurs, Embra, Trinity College Dublin, University of Edinburgh