Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another hard day in the bar

The entirely predictable wail has arisen from some academics over Oxford's proposal to require students contractually to attend lectures. John Sutherland has some tosh in today's Guardian on the subject:

According to George Orwell, the most offensive term in the English language was "nosy parker". In universities it's "swot". The Swotocracy has arrived.

It's all very well for ex-professors of English to scold teenagers that they are tedious swots if they turn up to the lectures they are paying extortionate fees for (and how inconvenient for the lecturer!) Unfortunately many students don't have the career academic's ability to swan through exams by reading friends' photocopied notes three days beforehand.

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