Grading is like profiling: one must suppress their own ideas and instincts enough to inhabit someone else's (frequently twisted and errant) perspective, all the while not losing themselves in the process. I drape myself with incomplete sentences, half-baked vagaries, and listless quotations so I can discover--aha!--this person has neither understood nor, alas, tried to understand. And if I do this earnestly, it is called "engagement" by the people we've paid to stop teaching so they can exhort teachers to "teach better."

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readingandphilosophy said...

Coincidentally posted the same picture. It expressed what it means to handle four different classes and to finish a dissertation!