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[RANT]: Joking About Failure: Commitment and Attitudes to Academia. - January 28th 2016, 07:49 AM

I just finished speaking to my teacher about my witness to an incident that occurred involving the alleged unauthorised acquisition and sharing of a document of answers to questions done in the tutorial. I am reluctant to comment on that incident any further because it is under investigation and sentencing, but it is alleged she used my teacher's computer in his account, while he was away, and downloaded the documents on a personal USB, which she then passed around to the rest of the class, in a computer lab. Even in that scenario, the contention that the document should be shared around was something endorsed and facilitated by almost the entire class, because they wanted the document to be put online. The teacher explicitly refused, saying that the people who attended the lecture and the tutorials should be rewarded and attendance should be incentivised.

That should have been the end of the matter.

I was reluctant to report the woman allegedly involved, because of the confrontational nature of it and the consequences of the offense, but then again, I am so sick of people attempting to get around certain situations and make games and jokes out of academic performances.

For example, every single week during the tutorial, a man from the class consistently, jestingly, asks whether the questions we are doing in the tutorial are the same questions that are going to be in the final examination, attempting to get information from him surrounding the content and the marking of the examination. He also attempts to reserve certain questions for himself, because we get randomly picked to dictate the answers to questions to test us.

"AH, Exercise 8.10, THAT'S THE ONE I WANT!"
"8.10, full marks, remember."
"Alright, give me 8.10."
"Participation marks, sir, remember."
(On the teacher feedback form). "I gave you 9/9 for humor".

Sometimes having a class clown can work but honestly, we have a major examination to work on, no teacher in their right mind is going to give you the answers or more information about the exam, because "you want us to get HD (High Distinction), you said."

"We might need two hours together during the consultation".

When did academia become a joke? After the mid-semester exam, a woman from the class laughed that "that exam didn't test my knowledge, it tested my guessing ability." How, on the day, do you avoid conversation from people consistently asking you what you got for certain answers and people sharing how terribly they did, and even beyond that, it sends such a gruesome message about the commitment and work ethic of students.

I am in an Accounting degree for the sole purpose of performing well and then attempting to transfer into a law degree. I am doing this because I have been asked to, and have no career aspirations in Accounting, at least until such time as I contend that the aim of a transfer will be unrealistic. I enjoy the challenge of learning, and that extends to any and all disciplines. I mean fuck, you can tell me to do a course in Advanced Differential Calculus, and I can guarantee, my response will not be "I'll have to guess the length of the vector", not "can you put the lesson on Taylor polynomials online?", it's "what the fuck are Taylor polynomials and when do I start?" LOL.

Academia is a career for me, and I seriously enjoy it, but I do not enjoy people commending students as "clever" and "funny" when they undermine the process. The woman I mentioned in the beginning of this was kept back at tutorial today and I have not heard anything since. She did not attend the lecture, so I am assuming she just skipped the lecture or was taken in for questioning. The consequences for this offense are hefty, if she is convicted of sharing the documents, but when you do that sort of thing, you have to take into consideration, the possibility of a revelation of the behaviour. Quite frankly, if you are going to undermine education in such a way that you would have done when you were in high school, you do not deserve to be here.

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Re: [RANT]: Joking About Failure: Commitment and Attitudes to Academia. - January 28th 2016, 06:02 PM

I don't know about the people in your class, but I know I joke about failure as a self preservation tactic. As someone who loves learning, and loves university, but is really struggling, if I joke about doing badly to my peers, I feel less awful when I actually do badly, and I feel really, really good when I do well.

As for lessons being online, I for one think lectures should go up online, as a disabled student who often can't attend lectures I fall massively behind my classmates despite doing my best to get the work done.

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