I’ve had teachers like that…
There was my American History teacher, who decided that since it was an election year, we were to put all the other ‘history’ stuff on the back burner and closely monitor the electoral process. Daily updates, etc. I nearly failed that class because I ‘wasn’t watching enough election coverage’...
Then there was my Algebra II/Trig teacher.. Three years from retirement, and didn’t care anymore. His teaching style pretty much consisted of taking attendance and giving the assignment, which needed to be due the next day. The assignments were not checked. This was tested by me writing the answer to #5: ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Bear’. Further insult was the book we were learning from. It was written by five math teachers from around the county, as an effort to save textbook costs. They really should ahve sprung for a proofreader. The thing was undreadably dry, using an all-caps font, only black and green text, and they hadn’t had the money for a lot of diagrams. Things literally looked like this:
. . . . . . . _____
X = 3V417
Yes, they didn’t even bother spending money for proper mathematical symbols. Ask yourself: is that three times the square root of 417? No! It’s the cube root. You can tell because the three is green. Not that they ever tell you that’s what a green three means, or that they sometimes forget to make it green..
Worst was one at some college classes I was taking. It’s a bit hard to describe, but we were doing a draft of the inside of a cube that had three cylindrical holes, going through the faces. Was the first time I’d actually *argued* with a teacher. I was right, I *knew* I was right, and pparently I was the only one in five years to notice the problem. He wouldn’t accept that I was right, and finally one of the other teachers fired up the ‘solids modelling’ program. Create cube. Intersect three cylinders. Subtract. Intersect cube Subtract. Result: Identical to four decimal places what I had drawn…
to expose interior.
“Well.. er.. you wouldn’t want to draw it like that.. it would confuse whoever was making it.”
“More than making something that looks nothing like he finished product?”