Texas A & M, Galveston university Law professor Irwin Horwitz has caused disconcert after failing his entire class after claiming students had cheated and were rude and disruptive.
In a letter addressed to his strategic management students, the law professor wrote that the students had been seen cheating, had spread false rumors about himself whilst taking exception to other students who had called him a ‘fxxxxx moron’ to his face. Indeed.
Which raises the question is Professor Irwin Horwitz one of the few teachers who has the guts to call student behavior for what it is or is he just a misguided individual who has personalized purported classroom indiscretions?
Wrote the teacher: “Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘fucking moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students…. 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. It is thus for these reasons why I am officially walking away from this course. 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 all are being awarded a failing grade.”
Interestingly Horwitz would admit that ‘a few’ students had not engaged in misbehavior,” but was resigned to fail them nonetheless.
Fortunately for the students the university has since stepped in and told that the professor’s failing grades would not hold ground.
Told the teacher: ‘This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love.’
Told in turn one student, John Shaw who feared the F would mess up a job he had lined up when he graduates in May: ‘Just ridiculous, I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class, it was overwhelming.’
Since the law professor’s abrupt resignation, school officials have told that the department head at the university will teach the course for the remainder of the semester and grades will be evaluated based on academics.
What do you think, should the school stand behind the law professor (and what does this suggest about the pressures of often having to pass undeserving students in a beleagured school system?) or should they just let a bunch of rude ingrates become the future players of society that you will one day seek out before they too casually spit back in your face and call you a ‘fxckxxg moron’?