Texas A&M Galveston Professor Irwin Horwitz, fed up with the attitude and behavior of students in his Strategic Management class, notified them in an email that he would be flunking all of them. According to the Houston Chronicle, after explaining that students had cheated, told him to “chill out,” called him a “[expletive] moron” and spread false rumors about him online, Professor Horwitz wrote:

“I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level, I will no longer be teaching the course, and [you] all are being awarded a failing grade.”

“None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character.”

Professor Horwitz told a news station that he felt unsafe in the class, that students were using foul language in and out of class, and that security guards had to be assigned to the classroom.

The university is taking the position that a professor cannot issue a failing grade to an entire class mid-semester; the department head will be teaching the rest of the class, and sorting the grades accordingly. But the Christian Science Monitor asks a broader question: Is This a Millennials Problem?

A survey of business people, corporate recruiters, and academics conducted by Bentley University titled “Millennials in the workplace,” revealed that nearly two-thirds people in these positions thought that job preparedness among millennials was a problem. They held the opinion that millennials should receive a “C” or worse on their preparation for their first job, according to the findings.

“The recession did substantial damage to the US labor market, including for young college graduates, and we still have a ways to go before things are back to where they should be,” Gloria Larson, president of Bentley University, told the Financial Times. “At the same time, employers in the US have been expressing concerns about a skills gap.”

There was a time when education was highly valued, for the sake of education if nothing else. Directly insulting a college professor with profane language or indirectly insulting the education process with cheating or academic dishonesty was unthinkable during my college days – plagiarism, for example, was apt to result in expulsion . How is it possible that disrespect for a professor at a college like Texas A&M that has enjoyed an excellent reputation over the years has become so serious that a security guard must be assigned to guard the class? Furthermore, how is it possible that higher education is now devalued to the point where a degree essentially disqualifies a person from obtaining gainful employment? It seems that most companies now prefer applicants with little more than a GED, the watered-down equivalent of a high school diploma, or at most, some community college courses.


1912 eighth grade exam: Could you make it to high school in 1912?

Also, this report that came out this month is sad and outrageous. Along with fast food workers, home care workers, and child care workers, part-time college faculty members are included among low-income workers that  are reduced to relying on food stamps:

25% of adjunct faculty get government assistance

Unrelated- In case you missed it, the Decorah Eagles have three beautiful chicks. Here is a clip from Sunday:

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