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20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetMy mom isn’t a professor, but she sometimes supervises college students who study under her in a practicum setting. She was on a home visit with a student once (she’s a social worker), and the family was showing my mom and the student around their farm. The matriarch of the family was gathering chicken eggs and commented on how small some of them were. The student suggested placing them back in the hen’s nest so that they would have more time to grow. This senior in college thought that eggs grow bigger the longer they can remain in the nest, like vegetables or something. This is also in a very rural place where probably half the population has some kind of farm or livestock.
20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetI had a student this year who plagiarised in an assignment ABOUT plagiarism... This included copy-pasting the definition of plagiarism from Wikipedia.
20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetI am not a professor, but I watched one facepalm after my classmate said this: "Ugh! I don't even know what a verb IS!" This was in an advanced linguistics course for would-be English teachers.
20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetHigh School Teacher. Many years ago, I was showing my students clips from Romeo and Juliet. Student stared at the screen in total bewilderment for a few minutes. Then she said, serious as a cancer diagnosis, "How can he be in this movie? He died in Titanic."
20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetOne student asking the difference between psychopath and psychologist, in criminology class.
20+ Times Students Showed Professors That They're The Dumbest People On The PlanetI'm a French Teacher, so I'm not sure if this counts but here goes: everone in the class had a fairly lengthy piece of French homework, and one student put the entire thing in Google translate, but translated it to Spanish.
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesI had a student plagiarize on the final exam. It was a take home, essay/short answer exam. They knew to cite any sources, and to put it in their own words. The kicker? This particularly bright bulb plagiarized me. The professor. She tried to pass off MY WORDS as her own.
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesActually one of the smarter kids in my class. Ethics, awareness of social norms...not so much. He sent me an email after the semester ended, asking if I'd mind telling my next semester class that his digital textbook was available for sale. Oh, and that it's a PDF so if multiple people want it, he can sell them all copies. I responded that I admire his entrepreneurial spirit, but it probably wasn't a good idea to solicit his professor's help in starting a piracy-based book selling business.
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesNot a professor but back when I was in highschool; I was a library aide and I was walking into classrooms distributing some books and I walked into a class with the professor in the middle of an angry lecture on plagiarism because one of the students turned in an essay that started with "In my 25+ years of experience in this field."
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesA student in my economics class started his final essay with this: “We are all familiar with the country, Africa. Yet at the same time we know little about them. All we know is that it is hot there, African Americans live there and they are really poor. This begs the question, why is Africa that poor?” It was just so jam-packed with stupid I had to stop grading for 24 hours. Edit: For the record, this was indeed a college student.
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesI didn’t believe any student was dumb - he/she may only have needed the right motivation. Until I met RJ. RJ was dumb. RJ didn’t realize that the chicken we eat was the same as the animal. RJ was 21 at the time.
Professors-Share-Dumbest-Students-StoriesMay or may not be dumb, but my friend and I went to her uncle's house which had this piece of paper framed and put on the wall. It was a 0/20 on a true or false quiz. Her uncle was a professor and was just too impressed by such an achievement that he had to put it in his home.
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