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Professor Todd Idson
Boston University
Overall C
6 ratings,  [AVG: 2 min, 6 sec]
Workload: Reasonable Responsible Grading: C

Enjoys Teaching D+ Arrogance: A problem
Speaks & Writes Clearly C+ Respect for Students: Some
Sensible Lectures C+ Appreciates Creativity: Some
Organized course C+ Student Feedback is: Considered
Instructor Effort C-
Coursework:
Mostly "training"
Grading System:
Informed afterwards
Course Requirements:
Well Defined
Assignment Instructions
Very Well Described
 
Exam Design:
A little Hazy
Exam Coverage:
Followed from course
Grades Reflect:
Just did the work
Final Grade Verification:
Monitors students
Gets class involved C
Competent with material B-
Friendly/Sociable C+
Adds to content D+
This instructor is:
neither liked nor disliked
 

 

 

 
   
 
Courses:
EC 101 
 
Comments
Overall: D+
boring.  this man doesnt know anything, just repeats exactly what the book says... word for word. 
 
Should do to do well...
DO: kiss his ass, he always has one favorite.  DONT: ask him for any favors, he is a real arrogant fuck
 
Should know...
get a little brown on your nose... better yet, stick your whole head up his ass, he likes it that way. 
Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: C
Liked Instructor?: Disliked
 
Overall: A
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Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: A
Liked Instructor?: Really Liked
 
Overall: F
The exsertipe shines through.  Thanks for taking the time to answer. 
Student Competency: Expert-Level
Student's Grade: F
Liked Instructor?: Liked
 
I know what you're getting at.  American colgele students are supposed to be avoided some of the harder, more technical, hard-science fields.  Probably all too many of us are simply lazy, afraid of hard intellectual work.However, there's another factor at work, I think.  What our society thinks it can use keeps changing sometimes changing very rapidly in response to our rapidly changing capitalist economy.  Ditto the nearly revolutionary advances that keep getting made in modern technology.Because of rapid changes in economic conditions and technology, and sometimes because of surges in enrollment in particular fields, a career choice that makes perfect sense at point A may seem to be total folly just a few years afterwards.For example, there are years in which the experts widely bemoan the lack of qualified teachers in US elementary schools and high schools, and in response to the experts, vast numbers of colgele students sign up for education courses.Then a few years later, the experts discover that the education field is glutted, and many of the people who've acquired teaching brand-new teaching degrees discover that their job market has turned bad.  Through nobody's fault in particular, the would-be teachers have focused on acquiring skills that are suddenly out of fashion.Similarly with law degrees and MBAs in recent years, I believe.As a Marxist not a Straussian I think this problem arises at least in part from the dynamic, ever-changing nature of modern capitalism.  Capitalism has some remarkably good qualities aspects, but economic stability and career stability are not among them.As Marx Engels wrote a century and a half ago in a rightly famous passage of the Communist Manifesto, The bourgeoisie [capitalist class] cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the relations of the entire society Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty, and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones.  All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify.  All that is solid melts into air, all which is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real condition of life and his relations with his kind.  Marx and Engels were a bit flowery and melodramatic here, as befitted two very young radical socialsits.  But I think they put their fingers on the radical uncertainty that pervades current American society and makes it very hard for colgele students and almost everybody else to do effective career planning.The futurist writer Alvin Toffler, himself a former Marxist socialist, has called this problem Future Shock.  The conservative Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, who had a kind of intellectual love/hate relationship with Marx, once called it creative destruction, in his best selling book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, published in 1942.The late New York Times economics reporter Leonard Silk called it capitalism as moving target.  But whatever term you use, the fact is that it's often hard to predict which intellectual skills and colgele background will be useful in tomorrow's economy, since our economy and our technological base are always changing.  I think majors in the hard sciences are probably better prepared for the sudden shifts than majors in the humanities, but I doubt that any of us is completely protected against career obsolescence. 
 
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