This is kind of a non sequitur…but then again isn’t everything on a blog?
One of the things I make a concerted effort to do, is to make a list, mental or otherwise, of actions or habits I like or dislike about people in my profession. I then try to make sure that I either add these things to my professional repertoire now or at a future date, or make sure that I never do the things that have so irritated me.
Something that transpired with a professor last week has irritated me so immensely that I have to blog about it (It wasn’t you Dr. Womack. Or you Dr. Lyons.).
On my mental list is this: When I have to write up a syllabus I will make sure that I adhere to my own rules. I.E. If I make a stipulation to follow the stylistic conventions, of say, the Modern Language Association, I will make sure that I don’t grade negatively against conventions in the current edition that I just don’t happen to agree with (Or was unaware of). Or if I do wish to maintain conventions the current edition has deemed obsolete, I will note that in the syllabus so the student will be aware of my ridiculous idiosyncrasies.
Or to be blunt: I will be aware of changes in the current stylistic manual. If I am unaware of something that has changed I will readily admit that fact and not give the student that brings it to my attention a completely bullshit answer.
And now for something completely different…