What do people do if they don't graduate though? In Asia, you'd be severely disadvantaged in job hunting without a university degree. Is it the same in France?
By the way, what do you teach?
I teach English. For the moment I teach mostly language classes and tutorials, but in the future I hope to teach Irish history and culture. I'm doing a PhD on Northern Ireland.
My students don't come to class with laptops because they're not the types of class you can bring a laptop to... I expect if I give lectures someday, they will, but I will be annoyed. I think it's very disrespectful, and it's also a problem because more and more students have zero ability to focus, in part because of this habit (I'm bored? It's difficult? Let's just surf the Internet instead).
I must admit, this is my own type of snobbery : I don't despise uneducated people, but I do tend to despise people who have no interest in education, and even more those who are lucky enough to get it for free and can't be bothered to make a little effort to take advantage of this huge privilege.
Wow if you sit in the back it means you arent interested in the lecture
I somewhat agree with Lenders and Noserer ,those lecturers really spout random nonsense
Half of which is not even important
Well, sometimes, you do have very bad lecturers, I cannot deny this. It happened to me too. I still tried to make the most of what they were saying, and if necessary, I read textbooks to make up for their incompetence.
Most of the time though, students blame their lecturers and teachers for their own failings. It's happening more and more, they don't do the work, they don't listen to you, but they somehow assume that they have a natural right to pass their exams. They are often very arrogant, no matter how bad their level really is. And they get angry at you for giving them the marks they deserve.
If they choose to fool around in class and live for a year at the state's expense without doing anything, fine, but at least, they should accept the consequences.
And for Trip who asks why I attend my classes , its because of the minimum attendance required to sit in the exam
I'm really against minimum attendance requirements. I tend to believe that, even though they're young, students should be treated like adults. They should be clever enough to know that if they don't come, they won't go far (unless they are really very talented but that's rare). Or if they aren't, then they will learn this at their expense, and that will make them grow up.
Basically, coming to class without having done the homework, and just so you can spend the whole class surfing the Internet or chatting with friends, is almost exactly the same as not coming at all.
Actually, it's even worse than not coming, in my opinion. I noticed recently that the proportion of tourists and clowns in my class was not that high, and that I had plenty of really nice students that I often did not notice, because clowns tend to attract your attention more. I was thinking, if only I could get rid of 5 or 6 people out of 40, this class would be great. But even if I start kicking out students, I doubt I could kick out 5 or 6 on a regular basis