I’ve been on the warpath in one of my classes this morning. One of my students called my call FIVE TIMES this morning while I was trying to get ready for work. Did not bother leaving a voicemail to say what the problem was. I didn’t call back. I scrolled back to the first one to see when he or she call the first time and it was AFTER 11 PM LAST NIGHT! Seriously? Did you really think that I was going to be awake and inclined to deal with whatever you deemed an emergency after 11 PM on a Sunday night when I had to be at work this morning?
What happened to phone etiquette? I think it disappeared with the birth of cell phones. Suddenly you can call anybody, anywhere, at any time. They are suddenly supposed to be available to you no matter what. And evidently we are all supposed to be paranoid enough to call back any unrecognized number so there’s no reason to leave a message. I’ve got news for you buddy. I have my cell phone for MY convenience, not yours. If I don’t have the time to answer right that second, I’m not going to. And if you don’t leave me a message indicating you have actual business with me, then I assume you are a wrong number.
I also woke up to an inbox full of emails from students. A few were legitimate issues with quizzes locking up. Fine, clear them out, give a 24 hour extension, be done with it. One student emailed me last week to request an extension on a couple of different quizzes because she evidently didn’t grasp the concept of going to the NEXT PAGE of assessments. She emailed me last night to say they weren’t there. Well no shit, sherlock. You had a 24 hour extension from the time I emailed you back. If you don’t bother checking your email until the weekend and miss your window, that is not my problem and sure as hell isn’t grounds for a second extension.
The Sunday before last, I had it brought to my attention that my big Unit 2 Exam (at a whopping 110 questions) had a 60 minute time limit on it. It wasn’t supposed to have one at all. So given that it was my screw up, I gave students the opportunity to retake it by last night if they emailed me that they were dissatisfied with their grade so that I could clear their attempt. One student didn’t make her first attempt until AFTER the first deadline and then emailed me last night saying she’d be ready to take it again this week. Um, no. That’s not how this works.
Seriously people, I consider myself a reasonable woman. I conduct hard classes on purpose. I expect you to work. If something happens, I’m willing to work with you on it. But your being lazy or stupid or thinking you’re going to take advantage of me is just not going to put you on my good side.
I really don’t understand where this expectation that things should be handed over and easy comes from. Life is not like that. You have to be responsible for yourself, for doing what is expected of you. And if you don’t, you have to accept the consequences. And what is up with this striving for nothing more than mediocrity? Does no one have pride in a job well done? A good grade earned? This is why that movie Idiocracy scares the crap out of me. I see so clearly how we could end up there.
I hope I’m dead first.