Dowbrigade has just finished editing, or correcting, his last student
paper of the Summer One semester at a Major Boston University.
Somewhat ill-advisedly, we volunteered to teach the night section of
"Advanced Academic and Professional Writing."
like teaching the evening sections because, unlike the spoiled scions
of privileged prep school families who grace and dis=grace our day programs,
the evening students are there because they want to be, are paying their
many come to class straight from jobs in hospitals or donut joints, they
always have their homework done and pay attention in class.
However, these are "Advanced" students, which means
they are all advanced enough to sling some serious bullshit
when they fire up the old word processor, but not advanced enough to
avoid making serious and repeated errors in each and every sentence. Some
manage to average almost an error per word, and as a result their first
drafts are often a discouraging sea of red ink. We have had students
flee the classroom in tears after getting back their first essay.
Teacher confidentiality and good taste prevent me from
giving any actual examples, but what the hell is "Actually the humenity
already use divers sources but those are not effectually develops" supposed
In addition, many of the kind of people who take classes
at night to "improve" themselves, have an axe to grind, a complex theory
to expound or a 247-page doctoral thesis on a Comparison of Patient Perceptions
of Single-Payer Health Care Delivery Systems in Three Countries which
she desperately needs edited (yes, you, Ofeelia).
This, then, is the reason our postings have been so
few and far between these past few weeks. It is not the additional
hours of class each week (on top of our regular teaching load), but
rather the stacks and piles of multi-page grist waiting for the old editing
mill. As readers may imagine, the Dowbrigade can be a tough critic, especially
when students ignore his sage advice, or when he goes off his medication.
Why do do we it? Quite simply, we haven’t figured out
how to make any money off of Blogging yet. At any rate, that’s all over
for a while, and next week we can go back to
Writing class web page