10 Reasons I’d Let My Professor Sit At The Cool Table
Let’s set the stage here.
You walk into “The Application of Platonic and Hegelian Ethics to Business” (It’s exhausting just saying the name, isn’t it?), an extra credit symposium, take your seat between the girl who raises her hand every five seconds and the guy who comes to class only to fall asleep, pull out your books and suppress a yawn. You’re exhausted, having gotten no sleep after a late night Teen Mom marathon and barely made it to class on time. You are in no mood to listen to lectures today. But you need the extra credit so here you are. And there your professor is, walking into class, putting down his bag, writing on the board, and then…calling in the strippers?
Yes, I said strippers. And I meant it.
This was not an exercise to make sure you were paying attention. This is reality, at least it was for the students of Jack Rapport, and assistant professor at La Salle University, who claims he was simply trying to enrich his teaching by using real life application. And getting his students lap dances? Sure, just like the f**ksaws guy, right?
What is wrong with the world? Have all of these professors gone mad? Are these their attempts to gain media attention, be the cool teacher, or just get their students to like them? Because I hate to break it to ya, while I’m sure Rapport has given his students a great story, I don’t think this stint will win him any professor of the year awards. It’s fun in the moment, but that sort of thing won’t help students in the long run. This certainly wouldn’t get a guy on my professor of the year list.
But you know what would? A few things a whole lot easier to pull off than that, like:
1. Understanding that there’s more to college than academia.
2. Deciding not to make things difficult just because you can.
3. Showing up for office hours.
4. Actually caring about whether or not I understand and/or show an interest in what you’re teaching.
5. Not assigning papers/test/presentations that are due the first day back from break.
6. Being willing to work with me instead of against me.
7. Not making it all about that one test or paper, or all about the participation and attendance, but about all of it.
8. Genuinely enjoying your job.
9. Not assigning busy work but rather work that actually helps.
10. Letting us out of class early every once in a while.
What do you think, ladies? Do sex toys and strippers warrant a professor of the year award, or do you have less extreme (and obvious, and desperate) criteria?