Burnout 101 ~ BitterSweetLife

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Burnout 101

This just in.

I’m only taking one week-long class this Summer, but the assignment load is roughly double that of the most strenuous courses I’ve taken to date. Priority number one, right now, is the 1000 pages of required reading and three book reports—and these are due the first day of class, no less. Academic calisthenics to get us warmed up.

To continue describing this course might give an impression of a very ticked off brand of scholasticism—and I surely wouldn’t want to cultivate that image…

However, if there seems to be an increased stridency underlining my posts in the next month or so, you get one guess where it’s coming from.

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Will Robison said...

We could either have the students read 1000 pages and do three book reports prior to reporting to class and keep the class time down to one week, or we could have them do 10,000 pages of reading, ten book reports, write a novel, paint the Sistine Chapel, learn macrame, build a kit car from scratch, and yodel all of Elvis's top 40 hits and keep the class time down to a single day. Ah, what the heck, I've got a week to kill. Let's be lenient on the students.

Ariel said...

Heh heh. I think you've hit on something, Will. In the hopes of avoiding excessive angst, I'll try to keep your theory in mind... :)


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