By badprofessor - 19/09/2014 01:44 - United States - Larchmont
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Take it to the dean if he doesn't fix it. People like him shouldn't be allowed to teach.
As a college professor or teacher, they can grade you how ever they want on the tests they make. (unless it is a math class) Their lectures are based on their opinions, so are the tests. Regardless of what ever the book says because the book is an opinion as well and isn't always right.
#53 Difference of opinion should never be criteria for right/wrong answers on a test. Either the question is objective (there is only 1 or a few equally valid correct answers) or subjective (there are multiple interpretations based on personal opinion). Questions of a subjective answer should be looking at why the student has a certain opinion, not what their opinion actually is. OP sounds like they were taught the question objectively, since he could cite the part of the textbook that said he was right. Teachers can't just teach you something and then suddenly tell you that's wrong. If it was something that should have been opinion-based in the first place, then he tested students on the question in completely the wrong way.
Teachers are seriously the worst. Be glad it's just with one test. A couple of years ago I kinda had the same problem, but with many tests. I tried to tell our principal, but she wouldn't do anything about it because my teacher worked there for a very long time already and she didn't wanna "lose her" -.- FYL for sure though.
Not all teachers are "the worst" they stay up really late just to grade everyone's papers. Yes there are some bad teachers, but most of them aren't actually that bad. They don't just look at a paper and then decide to fuck with it. Teachers have a lot of responsibilities, trying to grade papers, helping student, dealing with angry parents, you make it sound like the teachers have it wasy
#39 If you're going to make generalizations like "Teachers are seriously the worst," then people are probably going to respond when they experienced something that doesn't fit that generalization. If you had said what happened in the context of empathy for the OP, then your comment would be better perceived. Generalizations are not usually seen in a positive light in the FML community.
Some professors abuse power like that, but a stunt like that could be the difference between passing and failing the class. Sorry OP, hope it can be appealed and your grade doesn't suffer.