Monday, April 17, 2006

Still Grading

And every once in awhile, I just don't know what to even write on a paper any more. For example, what do I say to this: "I feel that a single person should be able to adopt a child before a homosexual person... letting gay couples adopt children could mess up the child."


I mean, for writing style, pretty shoddy. Have I told them over and over again not to write "I feel" in an academic research essay? And "mess up the child"? What does that really mean? There's a certain amount of unpacking there there that needs to go on.

Other than that?

... sigh.

20 Comments:

Blogger DD said...

Ah, bleh, just bleh. How can you even address that?

9:18 PM  
Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

I printed out ten pages of research from the APA. Still. I'm with you on the bleh.

9:34 PM  
Blogger DeadBug said...

Can I third the "bleh"? What an imbecile. Hope you come up with the perfect teacherly response.

--Bugs

11:14 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

That's horrible. I don't understand how people can think that.


Hahaha, the word verification is ipmydgg - I just thought that was funny...

2:35 AM  
Anonymous tonya cinnamon said...

ok i am at a loss here.. how does it mess up the child???
i am married with kids but i have many friends and their partners with kids and you know what sadley most of those kids are 10x better and happy then with married peoples kids
whats the differnce. feeling is one view but most views of a kids is from people they ineteract with..
so to the morons of the world :0P

8:24 AM  
Blogger mermaidgrrrl said...

I think just writing "why?" and then say "please show evidence of this" should shut them up. There's plenty of research to show that gay parents turn out healthy, well balanced children. That person would struggle to come up with anything published in a reputable journal to support their point of view. I find asking questions is very powerful. I often just keep asking "why?" of someone until they disappear up their own butt trying to support an indefensible point of view.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Nico said...

Oh, I like mermaidgrrrl's approach! Non confrontational, yet you totally get the point across.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

I like mermaidgrrrl's imagery: "disapear up their own butt!" I guess your body follows where your head leads, eh?

Ignorant, wrong-headed thinking done with poor style and grammar. (shakes head sadly)

5:01 PM  
Blogger Pamplemousse said...

Give 'em an F or a fail or whatever. Until they can demonstrate some humanity and compassion. Blech.

5:23 PM  
Blogger M. said...

Wait, how about this:

"Actually, YOU'RE messed up. And you're just plain wrong. And also stupid and dumb."

That'll show 'em.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Em said...

(You don't know me, I'm de-lurking.)

Asking for evidenciary support is a great way to address the issue you have with the student's opinion, and letting him/her know that "I feel" isn't appropriate in an academic essay. You can also simply circle the "I" and write "No personal pronouns," and then "mess the child up" and write "no colloquialisms (sp)."

Poor kid. I wonder were s/he got his/her ideas.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous cj said...

Well Katie, on the upside this student will never have a great writing career! (or one in therapy either) :)

I am sorry.
Thinking of you.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous pixi said...

Sounds like you'll be able to challenge a lot of what that person has said just by holding him/her to the rules of good writing. Still, I would find it hard to resist the urge to include a cutting note pointing out how misguided that assertion is.

2:12 PM  
Blogger fisher queen said...

Oh Lord, there's never an idiot shortage is there?

4:39 PM  
Blogger N said...

As a non-english speaker I nearly don't dare to write anything here right now...other than....bleh...that's international.

Am de-lurking today, only to write BLEH...how stupid is that?

Take care!

Nina

4:51 PM  
Blogger Soul Searching said...

Would "whatever, jackass" be inapppropriate??

7:35 PM  
Blogger abster said...

Hi Katie,

I agree with all the "whatever, jackass" sentiments expressed above, but maybe turn it into an academic exercise in evidence and its usage. Make the kid find evidence to support his position AND to refute his position (I;m assuming it's a him) and then weigh the merit of the evidence pro and con. Just make it clear that it needs to be REAL evidence and not a bunch of crap from the right wing blogosphere.

Good luck with this. I hate stuff like this when my students do it...

Ab

11:16 AM  
Anonymous pixi said...

Oh, can't you just give 'em all B's (except that one twit)? We miss you!

Hope things are going well.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Career Guy said...

Hopefully you took a break from grading after that one and came back refreshed, having unleashed all your choice phrases in the backyard. Just say "Evidence?"

8:53 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Some kids are just jackasses in addition to being poor students. Aside from the obvious unfounded bigotry, is this a passive-agressive slam at you?

11:48 AM  

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