My eye is twitching after grading this week’s discussion questions. I have decided that a higher percentage than usual of my students hit way too many branches on their fall out of the stupid tree this semester. Because da-yum they cannot follow simple directions and as juniors and seniors many don’t know what constitutes plagiarism and are having hissy fits that I call them on it and turned them into the Honor Council.
As I say in my syllabus on the first day of class “I didn’t know!” is not a valid excuse.
Rather than wax on about the dumbing down of higher education (which would take a tome), I’d like to take a moment to look at this in a broader context.
People are lazy. This is, I have become convinced, is the default state of human nature. Part of the malaise of modern society is that people can’t be bothered to educate themselves about…anything. They pick someone who they deem “should know” (though usually without any actual basis of legitimacy on why this person should be a so-called “expert”) and just go with what they are told rather than finding out themselves. It leads to this horrific infantalization of our society because people would rather be told what to do than make some effort on their own.
It doesn’t matter what the topic is. Which candidate to vote for for president (people pick based on party or what someone says rather than ever looking at their stances on important issues). How to format an ebook. Big names (:cough: a bunch of middle aged men) say it’s hard, and others believe them rather than bothering to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Whether one form of promotion is a good thing (aka: KDP Select) without actually reading the details and thinking about the ramifications.
In general it seems like so many people put in only the BARE MINIMUM of work for less than mediocre results. And then they are surprised when problems arise or when something doesn’t work out. And then trying to claim “I didn’t know!” Well duh, you didn’t put in the work to find out. That’s NEVER a valid excuse when the information is out there for the finding. And it usually is. Right in front of their faces.
This drives me BONKERS.
Why are people like this? I mean, I get that we have a lot on our plates and there are never enough hours in the day, but dude, REALLY? Why can’t people be bothered to read instructions or inform themselves about whatever it is they need to know? Why are people just taking some random person’s word for it?
So this inquiring mind wants to know your theories. Why are people too lazy to inform themselves?