You know how I was looking forward to this Anthropology class, Health and Healing? Well, it turned out to be one of the worst classes I've been in thanks to the professor. At first she seemed cool. She was from Egypt, and had some interesting stories to tell us in the first class. But by the second week of the semester, it became apparent that as a teacher, she was...pretty incompetent.
It's like she has no sense of organization. On the second week of class, she told us that for the rest of the semester, we'd be having discussion groups on chapters of the books we'd been assigned, which was rather different from what was on the syllabus. And she just left it to us to organize the whole thing, get into groups, etc. The whole class was just confused and in chaos for a while until some people with leadership skills helped get it together.
So for most of the semester, we had discussion groups. That's all we did. The good thing was that it became one of my stress-free classes since there were no tests, and since it also quickly became apparent to us that the professor SUCKED at lecturing, it was more beneficial overall to be learning this stuff on our own.
However, now, at the very end of the semester, she goes and tells us that our final paper is going to be FIFTY PERCENT OF OUR ENTIRE GRADE. And why's that? Because the entire class failed the ONLY quiz we had the entire semester (which was only one question and on the second day of class), and she didn't consider the discussion groups as something she could base our grades on.
DUDE, IT'S YOUR FAULT YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO GRADE US ON. We've been teaching ourselves here! All you did during the discussion groups was munch on a sandwich and interrupt us every now and then with some comment. And now I'm stuck on writing this paper (that is, again, FIFTY PERCENT OF MY GRADE) because I don't understand the material enough to be able to write over six pages on it. AND I HAVE TO FINISH IT TONIGHT.
EDIT: Oh, and by the way, we only just decided on what the final would be like on Monday. For over a week the entire class was boycotting having the final at all because it was SO ridiculously difficult considering she didn't teach us all that much to begin with, and this is how we compromised.
EDIT 2: I've also heard rumors that this professor is going to be fired. Well, good riddance. But now that Dr. Griffin has resigned from teaching, that means the Anthropology department now only has one professor teaching. And I've already taken all but one of her classes. HOW EXACTLY AM I SUPPOSED TO GET THIS MAJOR NOW?
EDIT 3: I forgot to mention that one of the books we were assigned didn't have much to do with the subject of the class anyway. For a few weeks we were stuck repetitively discussing a historical ethnography of colonial Sudan. Which also has nothing to do with what the final is about.