May 2, 2006
Who Was That Masked Professor?
Frank Mullen III
I went to college in the 60s. The professors were either decrepit, brain-dead codgers who'd had their last coherent thoughts shortly after the First World War, or young assistant professors with flared sideburns and mod jackets who spent the mornings carrying protest signs back and forth across the quad, and the evenings carrying coeds back to their apartments.
So when I started teaching at an East Coast college, I had no good role models to fall back on. I had to devise my own techniques for dealing with student difficulties. And believe me, today's students have problems. Can you imagine delivering an oral report in front of your classmates and realizing that your navel-ring doesn't match your tongue-studs?
I think you'll see that I succeeded in dealing effectively with student problems. While I have edited some of my responses for clarity, the student questions and complaints below are authentic and presented verbatim, to the best of my recollection.
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