History teachers are full of shit
I’m not a great writer although I think I am. When I took the university’s placement test I got a perfect score in English. It’s hard to figure out how that happened since I didn’t take English my senior year and don’t remember paying any attention my previous years of high school.
Anyway 10 years later I seem to be a decent English student so I obviously enroll in those classes to get them done and build a little mid-life confidence.
Two semesters later I am done with all required English credits earning an A in all classes. Now the weird part is I learned a lot from my professor, but he also told me this “the toughest graders on writing are oddly your history professors.”
Well guess what, he knew what he was talking about.
In my writing classes I learned that length doesn't mean shit. Good writing is effective writing. In my last English class I took the challenge of merging the two last assignments into one. A five page research paper, and a 5 page first personal narrative. I was one of the few who pulled off an A.
Well as it turns out history teachers care about length, which is fine I can talk about the details and whatnot for a long time. These history buffs always have some shit to say about your writing too. Always giving useless suggestions with dodgy advice. I've always gotten full credit from history teachers on writing assignments but I see the same shit over and over at the top. “Watch spelling and Grammar”
First of all (unlike this blog) I proofread the shit out of anything I turn in for a grade. I don’t make mistakes. Furthermore one of the most basic rules of writing is back up your shit.
If you have an argument, you better have some evidence to back it up right.
Well why does my paper say “watch spelling and grammar” at the top with nothing highlighted, underlined, or crossed out with a red pen. Back up you fucking statement or don’t make it. Show me what I did wrong and how you would do it.
This paper had no spelling errors, and no grammatical errors. Did you even read it?
Oh wait there it is, you have a lot of students, all writing a lot of pages. You don’t read them all do you. Well fuck it. Instead of writing the assigned three pages on Raphael's "Madonna of the Meadows" I'm just gonna fill three pages with a detailed, profane version of losing my virginity to your mother.