LOeffingL. UD, as you know if you read her blog, loves to chronicle the shit some professors do in class in order not to bother teaching at all. A long list of guest speakers is a perennial favorite, as is PowerPoint, which enables you to stand there for an hour staring down at and mumbling aloud someone else’s words. There’s the popular show a movie scam. Having students give papers and presentations all the time is also great for filling up that big ol’ néant which is your class period. There’s send students out to interview the homeless in the park across the street. There’s have students organize into small groups and talk among themselves. Truly ballsy fuckoffs just go ahead and cancel most of their classes.

Vanishing to meditate for half the class is a new one on UD and she adores it and must give props to this NYU prof (NYU: you figure her students are paying a fortune) whose… uh… methods were so scandalous that the class wrote the school a letter of complaint. The bit about meditating in private to while away the irritating hour of human contact is amazing – it’s much better than the classic I’ve got to take this half-hour-long cell phone call just talk amongst yourselves because it’s … you know… this urgent mystical deep practice we all respect… MUCH better than a cell phone call.

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5 Responses to “‘They said that she would vanish for 30 to 45 minutes per class to “meditate.”’”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    Affluent students willing to be fleeced by a fake professor in a fake course are mad that their fake professor could not be bothered to fake an interest in them. The next thing you know, some john will complain that the call girl didn’t fake an orgasm.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: I take your point. Bogus course to begin with. But some of the students are naive.

    I mean – they aren’t anymore. In this regard, they have had from the course a valuable lesson.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    Yes, if they figure it out, it may be the best $6500 that they ever spent.

  4. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    Adjunctivitis is strong at that Summer Institute. 12:1 ratio https://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/summer/summer-faculty/

  5. Total Says:

    What the hell are they doing hiring her to teach anything at all?

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