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Making the Grade
I'm doing a reasonably good job of managing my new schedule. But that task has been abetted by the absence of significant marking responsibilities. Now, though, that dreaded phase of the semester has arrived. I dislike grading more than just about anything I've done in life. And I detest late-night marking sessions, particularly when I have to rise very early the next day. I shouldn't complain, though. Compared to the proverbial "real" job that certain parties invoke when I rue my lot, it's a piece of steak. I only wish I had the opportunity to submit it to a more vigorous marinading before getting to work.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Yes, I think that grading papers is one of the few tasks in life that actually gets more burdensome the more that you do it. --jdm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 19th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: ugh.

Oh, goodness yes. Every semester feels worlds worse than its predecessor. I hate the pressure of deciding someone's fate. And the tediousness of writing the same comments over and over and over.
schencka From: schencka Date: September 19th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


I actually don't buy into the idea that there's "real" work and the Unserious labor that's done in academia -- the most onerous being grading. Are an accountant's markings, uh, markedly different? And there are physical labor jobs I've done where I've been the most skilled among my peers, although only as a part-time worker. Trying to create a course and grade dozens of students' work is more difficult labor, but more satisfying as well.

Was Marx's literary project in London "easy" compared to the laborers for whom he wrote? In hearing of his habits living next to the British Museum, I think a factory worker may have had it easy.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 19th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: grading

I agree with you, actually. It's just that I live with someone who doesn't. Our "real world" vs. academia conversations are endless.

It's great to hear from you, BTW.
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