Since children are not always able to focus on learning, school teachers must be vigilant monitors of their behavior. Teachers are not only giving kids information, they're preparing them for further education and life in general. That requires an array of carrot and stick measures that make teachers the governors of student behavior.

But that's generally not part of a college professor's responsibilities. They explicate scientific concepts and findings and discuss their relevance. Nothing that makes them quasi-parents of the students, who are now expected to act like (young) adults.

These differences really manifest themselves. So much so that first-year college students are turning to social media to celebrate the fact that they no longer need so many disciplinarians in their lives. Which is nothing I'm against. Their posts are quite entertaining and highlight that school and college -- even though they're separated by only one summer -- are like two different worlds.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Hahahahahahha.....

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Adam Cook was one of the people who shared a picture of a conversation he had with his college professor that probably couldn't happen with a high school teacher.

It happened a couple of years ago. He turned in an essay on a movie called The Emperor's New Groove but later learned that it was actually a production called The Emperor of Time that he had to analyze. To his surprise, however, Adam got a C. The professor said they just couldn't fail him because his work "was kinda good".

"My mixup back in 2017 would have been worse if my paper didn't include the analysis but luckily my work was everything they expected in the paper about the Emperor of Time, just a different movie," Adam told Bored Panda. Looking back at his tweet about the experience, Adam said he has two regrets: 1) He wishes he would have immediately put a link to a charity (about 20 million people saw it and Adam said if even two people had donated, it would have been worth it) and 2) he also wishes there was a disclaimer that reminded people of the character limits of tweets.

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Hans
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3 months ago

The root of evil probably

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For him, the transition from high school to college was fairly easy in terms of academics. "Yes, the course work is more in-depth and rigorous," he said. "However, you don't have the endless busy work that is given in high school to fill up the class time. Basically, there is far less 'hand holding' by the school. In college, it's up to you to find time to study and learn what you need to learn which works great for me personally."

He said probably the biggest difference between teachers and professors is that professors generally just want the final work to be good or the exam to be good, as compared to teachers who care if you are in the class, look attentive, randomly calling on you, etc.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Love it...

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Keith M. Parsons, professor of philosophy at University of Houston-Clear Lake, wrote a wonderful piece for Huff Post, saying that a person's success in higher education depends a lot on whether they understand these differences.

"I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference," Parsons wrote. "Up to now, your instruction has been in the hands of teachers, and a teacher’s job is to make sure that you learn. Teachers are evaluated on the basis of learning outcomes, generally as measured by standardized tests. If you don’t learn, then your teacher is blamed. However, things are very different for a university professor. It is no part of my job to make you learn. At university, learning is your job—and yours alone. My job is to lead you to the fountain of knowledge. Whether you drink deeply or only gargle is entirely up to you."

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jamie1707
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omg, that brings back very embarrassing memories. I was supposed to write an essay on "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. Any guesses on what I wrote about? "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. I got a F, I did not get a C, even though it was an excellent paper. In my Jr. year, I reused it and I did get an A.

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The professor highlighted that high school teachers are held responsible if their students fail, and expected to show that they tried hard to avoid that dreaded result. He and his colleagues, on the other hand, are not held responsible for their students' failures. "On the contrary, I get paid the same whether you get an 'F' or an 'A.' My dean will not call me in and ask how many conferences I had with your parents about your progress. Indeed, since you are now an adult, providing such information to your parents would be an illegal breach of privacy. Neither will I have to document how often I offered you tutoring or extra credit assignments." Parsons said he has no obligation whatsoever to make sure that his students pass or make any particular grade at all.

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3 months ago

Hahaha Pinky swear! Priceless

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He also reminded everyone that universities are ancient and tend to do things the old-fashioned way. "In high school, your education was basically a test-preparation service. Your teachers were not allowed to teach, but were required to focus on preparing you for those all-important standardized tests," he explained. "Though it galls ideologues, we university professors still enjoy a large degree of academic freedom. That means that the content and format of your courses is still mostly under your professor’s control, and the format will probably include a good bit of lecture, some discussion, and little or no test preparation."

Comparing Parsons' thoughts to these posts, it seems that he's on the same page as the students. Maybe they have conspired together, maybe they're onto something. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

One of my professor wrote "Ouch" next to more serious errors in papers. His explanation was "The Ouch means that if you were in the room at the moment I was grading this, I would have kicked you!" Good thing we were never around during the grading process :P

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Esca Sav
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3 months ago

My professor canceled class because he stayed up to watch the Super Bowl and didn't want to wake up for an 8:30 AM course and ruin his mood... To top it off, he only wears Star Wars shirts and is our advisor for the Department of Physics - Astronomy Specialization...

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

Print and frame! Print and frame! NOW! Legendary

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Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Yes...but can sometimes be the difference between teaching adults who are expected to act as such....and young adults who want to act like brats....not everyone is responsible in high school, some people need rules and discipline....

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

Mashed potatoes and hungover professor. That's not how they sell it on the brochures

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Depends on the professor. I had a few, for whom deadlines were (and I quote) "sacrosanct", which meant turning in your work just half a minute late resulted in an F grade.

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

Lil' Al all the way.

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Hans
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3 months ago

Priorities!

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Oathbraker
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3 months ago

And then it's two pages of different tables and pie charts.

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Daria B
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3 months ago

Not sure about that. I had some of the high school teachers who were clear and explicit about their political views.

M O'Connell
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3 months ago

This could potentially be useful. Children are often exposed to only a single side of things at home, and a contrary point of view from an instructor may broaden their horizons.

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Evil Little Thing
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3 months ago

College professors have tenure.

Demongrrrrl
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3 months ago

Not always.

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Aviva Hauser
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3 months ago

When Trump was elected, my grad school professor gave us all a "mental health day"

Hans
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3 months ago

Academic freedom ...

Sardonic Scribe
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3 months ago

Sorry, but political views have no place in the educational system. Politics are highly divisive & personal - it's up to YOU to make your own decisions in that arena.

KT Pinto
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3 weeks ago

Teachers should keep their mouths shut about the top three: sex, politics, and religion... well, unless it's the theme of the class.

person (i think)
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3 months ago

:'D I remember one of my history professors _hated_ Woodrow Wilson and continually dragged the shit out of him. She was a great professor so i actually loved that class.

Meyer Weinstock
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3 months ago

It's called truth...and mine may not be yours. (Next time, pay attention in philosophy class before you complain about PoliSci.)

Bhadrika Love
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3 months ago

What I tended to see was kids raised on one monolithic tunnel view, come to college, and are actually exposed to other perspectives, including a non-whitewashed view of history, as part of education about the world being a complex place with multiple perspectives. When you grow up being told your way is the only way, you tend to take, "okay, have you considered looking at it from this side as well?" as an insulting attack.

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Oathbraker
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3 months ago

And there isn't even a traffic jam. lol He just doesn't want to go teach today.

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Suzi Gauthier
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3 months ago

Because the high school teachers were talking about THEIR professors. Times have changed.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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3 months ago

Every day...

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Locked In The Cellar
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3 months ago

You can't send out a message like that without sharing said dumb story.

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Sam
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3 months ago (edited)

well now I'm going to college in search of milkduds

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Pseudo Puppy
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3 months ago

"as the youths say".... haha

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Daria B
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3 months ago

A bit off topic, but damn, I miss the karaoke.... Been in abstinence since the pandemic started....

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

Didn't even bother to write it neatly. This guy is a real maverick!

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Monday
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3 months ago

OUR professor

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Oathbraker
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3 months ago

Especially if the university has several buildings and the professors have to travel between them.

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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3 months ago

the chairs are an upgrade from high school

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

"I'm mourning my fish. It drowned. " Added to my list of valid excuses to skip meetings.

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Oathbraker
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3 months ago

Seriously had a professor go "Tomorrow come 30 minutes later because it's a Champions League night".

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JessG
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3 months ago

Valid question for both high school and college. If you weren't paying attention in class, you might very well get this wrong

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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3 months ago

I want to see that

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