My usual venting forum is down today, so you guys get to hear it...
Background: I'm a junior in college, studying Criminal Justice. At the moment I have a 3.935 GPA overall and 4.0 within my major.
I have a professor who I took about 1.5 years ago, and rather enjoyed his class. Now, this semester I took him again for one of my last required courses in my major. He has a reputation of being difficult, but in my opinion it was never well deserved, since you could do well if you just read the book. (I had the highest grade in the class when I took him). This semester, however, he has changed. For example, this class is divided into 5 sections, only 3 of which are covered in the book. In addition, about 30% of the book that we have had to read has not appeared on the exams.
Sure, obviously stuff will come from the lecture instead, however, this professor is one of the worst lecturers on campus. He can stray off topic at the drop of a hat, and due to his style, he will stay off topic the entirety of the lecture. Ok.. Well, maybe he gives good reviews? Hmm. No. He may or may not give us a review sheet, of which he will cover maybe 1/3rd.
Right.. so, let me say this now, I don't expect to be handed a grade in any class, if I have to, I work my tail off, but this class has killed it for me. Due to his style of lecture, the lack of a useful book, and the fact that all 3 of our exams are 100 question True/False only exams, it actually gives those who never come to class, and never read, just as good of a chance at making a grade comparable to those who do. For the record, I have a low B, and since the final is worth 50% of the grade, this will almost certainly be my first B in my major, and possibly a C. I've been there all but 2 days, and read every page in the book that was assigned.
Anyway, what pushed me over the edge was this. I go to class every day, I have only skipped once, and missed once due to illness. I participate, and do my best to keep him on topic. Last Monday and Wednesday he gave us one of the most lackluster reviews of the semester for the final, and by that point we all gave up on him, and pretty much no one went on Friday (including myself, since all my other classes were cancelled).
Of course, as it turns out, he gave a spectacular review, and even gave everyone who attended extra credit on the final.
Hmm. I know you might think, "well, that's your own dang fault for not going," and I somewhat agree, but why does it annoy me? Because it completely caters to every jerk who skips class every day all semester and shows up only for the day before the test and the review. All of us that put up with his banter day in and day out get absolutely no recognition for it. Those who just decided to show up the day before the final just so their mom will stop yelling at them to go to class get a great bonus.
Its appalling. I can't stand it. I'm the last one to complain about a professor, because I think you get what you deserve, but it is just plain wrong to reward the people who slack off and ignore those of us who actually put some effort into the class.