Why do people think it’s acceptable to leave cell phones turned on during classes? I detest the evil devices, but my grandmother may eventually manage to convince me to get one despite my most adamant protests. Even if these idiots do think it’s acceptable to leave their mobile devices turned on during classes, why do they think it shouldn’t be a problem if they let them ring for two minutes before bothering to turn them off? Do they think the tunes they select are so terrific that everyone must hear them several times? At least in this respect, high school was better. I never thought I would utter those words or even type them, but at least in high school competent teachers would take away cell phones if that went off in class and (hopefully) keep them for a few months. That’s the way it should be. The things should be banned if they can’t be used correctly.
Why do people think it is appropriate to leave a class fifteen or twenty minutes before it is over? Why do people think it is appropriate for several dozen students to leave a class fifteen or twenty minutes before it is over? If a person must leave early from a college class, that person should not bother to show up at all. College classes are optional; students who do not want to attend should not attend. Why do they? A professor teaching a class of 500 students cannot possibly tell if a particular student shows up on a particular day. I would imagine that a professor does not care whether a particular shows up on a particular day. Why does the professor feel obliged to apologize for his anger when many students are alarmingly rude?
I guess that’s what I deserve for taking an introductory level lower-division class. I would hereby declare this quarter the last in which I will take lower-division classes, but I would very much like to take Greek at some time. However, if the class is going to be anything like this one, I shall reconsider. Fortunately, my schedule next quarter seems to be as full as it can be if I would like to retain any epsilon > 0 of sanity. Differential geometry and orchestration are at the same time, which is probably quite a good thing. Perhaps some time later this week or next week I will try to see if the university will allow me to enroll in orchestration given that the computer will not allow me to do so. Then again, that would make the decision even more difficult. On second thought, orchestration is 106B, and so I have probably missed a quarter. Maybe I shouldn’t take that class then. Well, we (or at least I) shall see.