As we saw in the discussion of last week’s post about Harry Frankfurt’s recollections of Max Black, some of you recall hard-ass professors you had as being among your most effective teachers and you think of them with appreciation and fondness—and some of you, not so much. Despite this difference, one thing seems to be certain: many of you have been poked with the pointy end of some professor’s pointed remark.
Noticing this, John Doris wrote in with a suggested topic for discussion: examples of the best of the “worst” feedback you’ve received from teachers when you were a student.
What we’re looking for is the most outrageous or harsh or funny or insulting or rude or clever-at-your-expense or ridiculous or devastating or infuriating remarks teachers made to you in response to your written work, participation in class, comment in office hours, question at a talk, overall performance as a student, etc.
Let’s hear them. And if you feel like sharing whether they were helpful, hurtful, both, neither, or something else, you’re welcome to.