Ok, when I read that "most" college students do not know how to write at the collegiate level, is that not presumptious, and prejudice, considering there may be "some" college students who can write very well? If I were a student today, I might be offended by that blanket remark. Or even, telling other lurkers that some students do not belong in college when all they may need is guidance from educators!? I am not saying they need to be hand-held, but a little encouragement can go a long way.
I must admit that if I were a student in a class with a professor who has that kind of negative prejudice toward students, I would be apprehensive about wanting to be a participant in his/her class.
Look, now you totally pi$$ me off. Which may be your point. Clearly, you're a third-rate, or below, intellect. As far as we know, you've never taught, and have never graded piles of dreck--that some people may reduce themselves to call "writing"--generated by a room full of bored, iPod-numbed protoliterates who are in our classes.
"A little encouragement can go a long way?" Do you hail from Planet Hello Kitty? Do you read (are you capable of reading?) the discussions in the fora? Have you seen how people here agonize over how to help students, how to explain to them how their work habits and habits of the mind will lead to something between mediocrity and failure? Have you seen how that care, concern, and advice is often ignored? Reading really is fundamental, isn't it?
Given that you have, rounded to the nearest whole number, zero experience with teaching, you
are awfully presumptuous. I can prove empirically that many, and sometimes most (this does not mean "all"; read the phrase again to see the subtle distinction) of my MA students can barely muster a 500 word paper without a cornucopia of writing errors, style lapses, and punctuation abuses that should have been cured in the fifth grade. Indeed, it appears that your education has not served you well in the ways of standard English composition. Yes, N=1 here, but for the love of God, don't go criticizing some of us who hope that, some day, our students might learn to communicate clearly when you, yourself, have not yet mastered fundamentals of the English language.
And you're g-ddam'd right you'd better be apprehensive about taking my classes. Because if you displayed the same level of self-righteousness, cluelessness, lack of preparedness, illogic, and third-rate writing skills in my class that you show here, you'd be on the express train to failure, and deservedly so. I have no particular prejudice against students--I'd be in the wrong racket if I did--but I do discriminate between students who can read, write, reason, and follow directions, and those who cannot or will not do any of these things. Yeah, I am kickin' it old school here. Because I sort of think college is a Big Deal, and a meritocracy, sorry.
People in academia work hard. They don't need trolls (or idiots or both) making ill-informed comments about what we do or don't do. We can hear enough of that from the fake-bake Rotarians who get elected to state legislatures and start waxing expert about higher ed, when they barely got through their bachelor's degree.
Yes, mystictechgal, I realize this person is a troll. But he/sh/it sounds enough like a state legislator to really annoy me. And now I am going to go sh!t some kittens, just out spite. These will grow up to be really mean cats, and I will not declaw them.