They were even worse than I’d expected.
Here, much to my horror, are some of the lines that brought me up short. None of them has been edited or in any way changed or improved by me:
When speaking about the murder of Emmitt Till, one student claimed that “This was the first time that the people form the North actually saw the things that were happening in the South.” Hmmm; I wonder how all the abolitionists got so worked up prior to the Civil War…
Another student, who was writing about women’s suffrage, wrote that the Married Women’s Property Law of 1848 (which she misplaced in 1860) was enacted because “any property that was handed down to her through her family, or was gained in the process of being unmarried, it was soon indicated as belonging to the husband as soon as the marriage was final.” Huh?
I’m not entirely sure what this students thesis was, but she stated quite plainly that “nobody can get anywhere in life without the need for money.” I just don’t know how to editorialize that one…
Oh, and this one was my favorite: Todays music culture with by listening to rhythms and explicit lyrics may be advancing civil rights more then Martin Luther King did with his peaceful messages. Todd Boyd author of the death of civil rights an the reign of hip hop Says this may be true in fact. Most can understand whats going on in the black community by listening to hip hop than listening to an repeated speech by King.
Two of my lovelies failed outright because of plagiarism. They just lifted entire passages from different websites and cut-and-pasted themselves a couple of papers. When one of my students uses the word “whereby,” my red flags go up. Do they think I don’t know how to use Google?!
Seriously; I know it’s unprofessional to make fun of my students, but if I didn’t laugh, I’d be contemplating a job at my local fast food drive-through instead of looking for another teaching gig.