The other reason I resent all the advisors who preach about how you should do a poor job teaching is that well known professors gave very responsible courses, that I took as an undergraduate, at one of the premier research institutions in the world. They had good materials, they prepared interesting essay questions, they did a great many things and they were eminent scholars. You may never have met academics as famous as those I have.
In graduate school, however, at the same institution out West, our program seemed to be overrun by Yankees. These were a large cohort of assistant professors and graduate students who spent their time being rude to each other and everyone else. The graduate students, who came from Ivy League schools, had learning disabilities, specific learning styles, and other neuroses which made their lives difficult; they were shocked to find that at a public school it was not as easy as it had been for them in the past to go and chat with a professor instead of finishing their paper, and so on.
The assistant professors, meanwhile, spent a great deal of their time exhorting these graduate students to work harder, and telling us Westerners that we looked too blissful to be hard workers. “How could you have written a paper that good, being blonde?” a feminist scholar from Ann Arbor once asked me. Una profesora de Ann Arbor, y feminista, y de izquierda, por más señas. Perhaps, then, these are the people who need advice about motivation, and not being so lazy, and not being so entitled.
What I have to say about those people is this: I shit in the milk of the Yankee whores that bore them for the Calvinist devils they fucked. And yes, I can swear creatively. I wish I could do it in Faroese. I guess you could say I am angry; I would say it is for good reason.
And I am partial, and I have been prejudiced since that experience, and I realize my stereotype does not fit everyone, but for the purposes of this post I do not care. I have traveled far and wide, and the least civilized people I have ever met are academics from the Northeastern United States, and I am so glad I have never had to live in the East.