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Monthly Archives: February 2009

  1. It’s distance education. You are already at a disadvantage because you don’t have a teacher to explain anything to you in person — you have to work things out yourself.
  2. Your school may forget to send the enrolment forms, leading you to become stuck in Legal Studies until your coordinator gets so sick of your nagging that she withdraws you from the class. But really, do you want to have to nag?
  3. You have to send in your assessment task for area of study 2 before you’ve finished studying it.
  4. There’s a 50% chance you’ll get the teacher who doesn’t know anything about the French Revolution and spends her time going, “So, there were only a few representatives of the Third Estate in the Parlements…”
  5. DECV students don’t get access to vcehistory.info. One of the old Revolutions teachers took offence to the “royal pornography” on the site. This was influential in that it undermined the authority, and this teacher didn’t doubt that; he just thought it was inappropriate for students to see such things. He complained to the webmaster, who pretty much said, “OK, your students don’t have to see it then.”
  6. They ask stupid questions. Lots of stupid questions. If you have an aversion to writing stupid answers to stupid questions, well… this isn’t a great course for you.
  7. They make you add a citation for pretty much every damn sentence you write. Including comprehension questions. Actually, especially comprehension questions. At least with analytical ones, you don’t have to cite the analytical sentences.
  8. They tell you which half of the exam you must write on which revolution. That is, you must write the historiography-including half on France, and the essay-including half on China. If the Chinese essay topics suck, TOO BAD. You won’t know any Chinese Revolution historians, so you’ll have to suck it up!
  9. Their set textbook — the one you’re required to buy — is OUT OF PRINT.
  10. You don’t even get to escape the spectre of “good citizenship”, because you still have to study this moron named Rousseau who sent all five of his kids to the orphanage and explained, “The orphanage will raise them to be good citizens.” I can’t blame DECV for that. What I CAN blame them for is all the questions they made me answer on him! I hope my teacher appreciates my snarky answers.

Again, I’ve left an unacceptably large gap between blog entries — eleven days. That’s an even larger gap than the seven days I called unacceptably large last time. The problem is something I like to call “blog entry ADD” (or at least, for the purposes of this entry we will say I like to call it that). It’s not that I have nothing to write about. It’s that I can’t concentrate long enough to finish an entry on the one topic.

This is what I’ve been doing for most of the last eleven days. Read More »

I’ve left a longer period of time between entries than I usually like to leave. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, we had a huge heatwave last week. The media called it “unprecedented”. We had three consecutive days above 43°C (approx. 110°F), and I couldn’t think in that weather, let alone write! Then I had to prepare for school, and then I actually had to go to school. It’s because I went to school that I can deliver this pressing news. Read More »