Friday, February 24, 2006

Professor Bias for Dummies

When I was a teaching fellow at a university in a western red state, I had a couple students who took great umbrage from a political cartoon poking fun at Rush Limbaugh I had in my office. They would sometimes spell my last name with a "K" instead of a "C" on their papers. Forestry majors as I recall, forced to take my class as a core requirement. Anyway, thanks to Blue Girl, I checked out this funny post that's a guide for students so they can detect 'biased' professors. Here's an excerpt that brought memories of that special time with my Nazi youth students:
Teaching style

Citation format: Author, title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication—Biased
Citation format: Book, chapter, verse—Not Biased

Allows students to speak freely—Biased
Allows students to speak freely about how freedom isn't free—Not Biased

Requires students to raise hands to ask questions—Biased
Requires students to raise hands to hail the professor—Not Biased
Assignment: Read the entire post here.

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