professor evaluations are literally the most satisfying thing ever

18 May

Dear College Professor,

I’m sorry I wrote such a scathingly honest evaluation of your class.  I’m sorry I said all those true things about your lack of flexibility and your inconsistent grading, and I’m sorry that I told you under ‘general comments’ that I felt I was a better public speaker before I began your class.  Even though I was.  I’m even sorry that I brought up how you made us buy a ninety dollar textbook that never said anything that wasn’t said in class, and that I put ‘strongly disagree’ under the heading ‘encourages student questions and discussion’.

Oh, wait.

I’m not sorry for any of those things.

Sorry for the confusion.

Love, Jessica


Posted by on May 18, 2009 in Letters


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3 responses to “professor evaluations are literally the most satisfying thing ever

  1. sarah

    May 19, 2009 at 7:47 am

    you know, i don’t have any idea how awful this person was in person to deal with, or how unavailable, but i do know that in my own classes i get really frustrated if someone says that the grading was “inconsistent” if they didn’t come in and talk to me at least a couple times about the grading or about particular grades. again, this teacher is probably not like me, s/he sounds pretty awful, and god knows there were lots of people who just didn’t listen or explain at all when i asked them about my grades… but i have a lot of students who say my grading policies are difficult to understand and inconsistent, and i tell them like eight times per semester that they should talk to me about their grades if they have questions, and they rarely do.

    man, i hate this comment – i feel like it makes me all “teachery,” which i don’t like. but i’m still curious about how you dealt with him or her.

    • saturdayjane

      May 19, 2009 at 10:33 am

      Hehe, I had to write you a whole e-mail on this, because the comment got way too long. 🙂

  2. lisa

    May 19, 2009 at 10:36 am

    They are satisfying. Unless that professor is tenured; then you know that your evaluation doesn’t make a difference. 😦


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