We’ve all heard of dumb elementary and high school teachers, but they’re supposed to be smart when they’re professors in degree-granting institutions, right?
A friend of mine at a prominent university here in the Toronto area just showed me a handout in which the prof quotes To Kill A Mockingbird. According to the prof, the author of that classic novel was…
My statistics syllabus was so poorly prepared that I began to wonder if my professor was using some strange math language I hadn’t come across yet. After quite a bit of staring (and eye crossing), I was finally able to decipher the spelling, spacing, and punctuation errors and I finally figured out what the hell he was trying to say.
For the most part, I don’t read his emails in depth. I just peruse them for anything that might apply to me and then I ignore the rest. I realize he teaches math in a community college but he’s still a college professor and should have some standards.
All professors are supposed to know everything about everything are they? I guess it is a good thing <irony>all professors are banned from appearing on Jeopardy</irony>, or it would get very boring indeed, what with everyone always knowing every answer all the time.
I have been a university professor (sort of), and I can’t think, off the top of my head, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird (although I do recall that Atticus Finch is a central character).
In fact, outside their area of specialization, there is really no reason to expect professors to be any more knowledgeable than any other reasonably intelligent person.
Have you never encountered the stereotype of the absent minded professor, who knows everything about their own subject but nothing about anything else? We have not been told that this is a professor of English Literature (if it is, then I will agree to to mildly shocked at their brain fart).
Also, I rather doubt whether To Kill a Mockingbird is quite so well known outside the United States as it is inside. (And this professor is in Canada.) I certainly never learned about it at school in the U.K., and although I have read lots of novels in my time, including many American ones, this is not one of them. It may be that it is on most American high school curricula (presumably because it is - so I have heard - concerned with some uniquely American social problems), but that is not the case elsewhere.