Sunday, December 23, 2018

Why grading exams is the worst part of being an academic

I think of all of the terrible things that can be worse than grading papers (leaving politics around the world out of the equation):

  1. Watching the John Boorman directed Sean Connery movie Zardoz - even the trailer is unwatchable. I cannot believe that this movie ever got green-lighted and distributed.  This is 1 hour and 45 minutes of my life that I wasted.

  2. Drinking Starbucks Juniper Latte - imagine boiling pine needles and adding coffee and milk.
  3. Sitting through a faculty meeting where the meeting is hijacked by faculty who want to make a point of wasting everyone's time for the sake of wasting everyone's time - faculty involvement in faculty meetings is inversely proportional to the amount of productivity of the faculty member.  Those faculty members that are secretly Fortnite gamers, since they don't publish and are never around for students, take up most of the time at faculty meetings.

Ok, I guess I can think about three things worse than grading.  Grading papers is the only part of the academic enterprise where I feel like I earn my money.  The rest (scholarship and teaching) I would gladly do for free.

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Sokol’s observations are nearly flawless. The omitted fourth item less enjoyable than grading is drinking any form of diet cream soda.

Posted by: Paul Vaaler | Dec 27, 2018 2:09:52 PM

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