Monday, November 07, 2005

Friday classes? Quel horreur...and why are the locker handles so sticky?

The NYT reports that colleges want Friday classes back. What next? Compulsory final exams?

As though by an occult hand (an old phrase journos used to sneak into copy), college admissions folk are sussing out the "too polished" essays. Here's another NYT story.

Remember high school woodshop? Well, that has a whole new meaning at some high schools, according to the Washington Post. And all I can say is, ewwww. (WP does require registration. Sorry.)


Anonymous Ian said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah; but what about Tom and Nicole??

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:54 AM  
Blogger Genslay said...

i always hated the no friday thing. i'm a recent grad (year and a half ago), and i thought it was the most ridiculous thing ever. at what point did it become acceptable to succomb to the desires of stupid college students? sounds like universities need to find the balls they lost a long time ago.

and to the brilliant, witty, and conveniently anonymous poster above, it looks like someone has mommy or daddy issues. your comment is enlightening. it says a lot more about you than you probably ever wished to share.

i wish all my professors would have been as honest as the phantom.

12:31 PM  
Blogger onionboy said...

In an unrelated comment I would like to say that your design is simple and clever. Nicely done. ::thrive! Owen

P.S. I am not phishing :) I came from thewinedarksea, Melanie is a regular reader of my own blog and I was checking out her links.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Go to to overcome those pesky registration-required-to-read rules. My favorite grassroots website.

And to anonymous above: Dude. What's the matter? Did the Professor flunk your lame MCP ass or something?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think anonymous above must have a small penis. Maybe your parents can buy you a bigger one.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

College is just trying to be realistic. I mean in the workplace, no one works on FRIDAYs right??!!! Everyone just starts their weekends early and takes the day off! Yeah, that's it!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Ragman said...

I prefer the no class Friday. But, I am also a non-traditional student at this point. I'd prefer to cluster my classes, and at least have Friday to spend on extra homework/lab report writing time. My alma mater did the T-Th, M-W-F class schedule, and many of the commuter students tried to get all T-Th classes so they wouldn't have to drive in as much. Friday classes didn't bother me since I lived on campus. Being back in school again as a commuter, I prefer having Friday open. Actually, this spring I'm trying for all T-Th classes, so I can have MWF to do homework. Not to mention saving the $4-5 it costs me to make each round trip to UTD. It's annoying to make that trip for one class - especially to find that the class is canceled for the day when you get there.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Hillary said...

I can definitely see the need for colleges to have Fridays somewhat empty. There are more people going to college these days that have to work and it's good they're seeing that and working around it.
In fact, the last year I've avoided Friday classes out of pure laziness... however it wasn't helpful at all. Who studies on a Friday to catch up with the nearly impossible agenda of a 4-day school week? hmm, maybe someone.
I try as hard as possible to find classes that are MWF. Frankly, this really hurts students like me who are taking around 18 hours. I'd rather spread the classes over 5 days but it is very difficult.

3:37 PM  
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4:04 PM  
Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said...

Fridays are usually a slow day where I work. There are some classes on Friday, but very few. Since we are a commuter campus, I am sure that has something to do with it. We do get some students who come into the library to catch up on work or other homework, so it is not like they are just "goofing off" on Fridays. In fact, in my time in college as an undergraduate, the Fridays I had off I usually had to either go study to keep up or work a campus job, so not really free to simply go party on Thursday (well, if I did not want to pay for it later that is). Later as a graduate student, I would try to cluster classes, but again, I often had to work on Fridays anyways. I agree with the commenter above that universities need to get their cojones back. The real world does not take Friday off collectively every Friday. Sure, an occasional Friday is ok, but do it every Friday, and you will likely be looking for a new job soon.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and as soon as you look the other way universities will make you register to be able to get credit for classes.

Go figure!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have somewhat mixed feelings about 4 day weeks. On one hand, an extra day off is never a bad thing. For those of us who commute to school, that also means savings on gas costs. I'm in San Jose State Uni, and Friday off translates into 40+ miles I don't need to drive that day. On the other hand, putting together a good schedule becomes more difficult. if a MWF 3 unit class fits into a 1 hour slot, a MW/TuTh class takes up an hour and a half. In other words, a three hour block can accomodate three MWF classes or only two classes that meet twice a week. Needless to say, collisions become far more common when I'm trying to create a schedule.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Cold Potato said...

I find I learn better when I don't go as long at a time. Ex: 3-50 minute classes are better than 2-80 minute classes. However, I try not to schedule anything on Fridays after noon, not to go partying but to go and crash and start my homework.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the NYT article actually underplays one of the benefits of Fridays off... extra-curriculars... I know the "James Chang" referenced on the last page of the story. He's a debater for Berkeley.

A 4 day schedule isn't driven by the university, rather it is driven by the faculty. I teach at a community college and coach debate. It wasn't until I had debate as a class that I could justify my 4-day schedule to my administration. We often have comptition Friday to Sunday... which means travel from Thursday afternoon until very late on Sunday night. If I had classes in those times, I'd have to cancel them... as it is, I have classes MW afternoon and TTh mornings... Which is the highly desired schedule for most of my colleagues.

Being at a highly over-croweded community college means we have maximized the schedule, so we only have MW classes that start after 2:00, and we have Saturday classes... so, the other side of me says.."boo hoo... so you have to teach on Friday... ain't that a shame.."

1:54 AM  
Blogger Teaching Assistant said...

When I was an undergrad, my college had MWF 50 minute classes and TTH 80 min classes. I preferred the MWF classes simply because they were shorter. Now where I teach and go to grad school, you have MW, MWF and TTH classes, although the MWF are a rarity. Next semester I am teaching two MWF classes. The experienced profs are teaching the MW and TTH classes and they were filled first. My 10 a.m. class finally was filled. My MWF 8 a.m. class? 9 students have pre-registered for it.

7:14 AM  
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7:43 AM  
Blogger Lia said...

I wish we didn't have Friday classes! Maybe 50 minute morning classes would be okay, but what about 3-hour labs that start at 2 and go on till you're finished, whether that's 5 or 7 or later? On the other hand, since we're so behind, maybe we'll finally do away with Friday classes right in time for my graduation!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Girl Flip said...

I actually used to set up my schedule to consistently have a four-day week (with no early mornings on Wednesdays), for several reasons. I learn better in longer blocks; I held an on-campus job and it was easier to schedule; and I was very involved in an extracurricular activity that meant a late Tuesday night. So I took three Tuesday/Thursday classes and an afternoon Wednesday/Friday (or, senior year, I took an overload with three T/Th and two seminars, one Wednesday and one Friday). Having the Monday off allowed me time to work at my job and on homework as well as get all the little things organized for the week - even with an extra class, I didn't notice it because I had enough time blocked out on Monday to get a large chunk of work done. Who parties on Sunday night, anyway?

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Highland Park student here: Ya'll are just pissed b/c my mommy and daddy have more money than God. Cry me a river, scumbags.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Ragman said...

At my old university, the MWF classes were mostly morning. 1:15 pm Friday, dead campus. No Friday labs, either. Everyone partied on Wed night, not Friday.

One of my TTh classes this spring has a lab at 5:30pm Friday night. DCCC have some Friday/Saturday only classes. Slog it through 3 hours of one class!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to teach Saturday morning ethics... 9:00-11:50 -- it was a nightmare... the students really didn't want to be there, and there were no support services on campus... so, students who needed to get other things done had to come back downtown immediately after work to do things like buy books or get a parking card..

6:36 PM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

Hey, I used to have an 8 .m. Saturday morning class. Talk about a buzzkill.

And as for my little Anonymous insult-artist whom I have to follow with the "delete" dustpan, if you spent as much time studying as you do thinking of stupid little things to call your former prof, you might actually pass a course or two. Idjit.


8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might pass a class or two? Hey, my SMU tenure is much longer than yours was.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Jim Online said...

Used to have saturday classes too, but I understand that if you're used to something you don't want to go back again. Especially with this ;-)

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be interesting if some of these students work at a job that demands many hours a week and for a boss that loves friday because that means only two more workdays until monday.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your tenure is probably longer than the prof's because you actually have to pass classes to graduate. So, bragging about having a long tenure shows how stupid you are.


1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday classes? Wow, I don't think I ever spotted one of those in the registration calendar at A&M.
MWF/TR schedule there. More than a few of us ended up with light Fridays, especially in at the jr/sr levels when you register first. To get Friday off, I usually picked up a MW class. I think my best schedule was the one where I had MONDAY off, though. I could go home for the weekend and didn't have to deal with any traffic coming back, and I had Sunday afternoon/evening free for church/friends. Or camping :)

8:22 AM  
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