A Letter to Professors

Dear Professor,

 

We, students, are ungrateful creatures. We sit in the class, surf the web, think about the meaning of life, look up for monkeys in Kathmandu, and try to understand whether or not love exists.

We have our concerns, family and work related problems, and many other reasons to get distracted. We complain when we have too much homework or when we have to work in groups with people we don’t know well, because it makes us feel that we are out of our comfort zone. But, after a while, we eventually come to the conclusion that it was worth the suffering because we learn and we mature.

We complain about all the midterms falling in one week. We complain about the printers that are out of order all the time. We complain about the noise in the library. We complain pretty much about everything.

HOWEVER, we don’t forget to pay our tuition fees that were not granted to our parents nor to us. And most importantly, we don’t forget that the tuition fee is just 20-30 percent of the resources that are used to accommodate our learning, and the rest is paid by people who believe in us.

When I sit in the class and direct my attention to the gadgets of  21st century for 50 or 80 minutes does not mean that I enjoy the pictures of the funny cats. IT MEANS THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG. Either with me or with the teaching process. Let’s face it. The probability of 35 students (minus 10 people who make deadly efforts to follow the class) to have serious problems is less than the probability of the class not to be interesting.

When we talk all class long, it does not mean that we love each other that much (sorry for the honesty), IT MEANS THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG. Since the talking is not a part of the class discussions, there must be something wrong with the teaching process.

No magic fluid will fix uninterested students.  

All the materials covered during class are available on Moodle, and I am very much capable of reading them at home. There’s no need for you to come to class and spend your valuable time on reading them word by word from the slides. We are not the only ones who should come to class prepared.

A poster, which I once spotted, said that “your ignorance undermines my development.” So, instead of reading the materials from the slides, create projects that will awaken our innate desire to change ourselves and the world, communicate with us, challenge us, load us with work, make us fight with our assignments, tell us what we are doing wrong, but please don’t be apathetic.

        And if there’s dirt on my face, be the mirror and teach me how to clean it.

Best,

Arpi Janyan 

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