popscull Posted May 29, 2014 Share Posted May 29, 2014 (edited) I recently finished my first semester as a grad student. In the three courses I took I received reasonable grades in two: A and B+. The third class (bioethics) the professor gave me an incomplete. At first I was not worried due to the fact that it was the first time I had tried to write a professional level paper and I admit that it was not there. However, after she sent me the paper back with her comments I realized that there were places where she seems to take the paper personally. I am disabled and decided to take on some of the ideas of Peter Singer concerning the disabled, for those versed in disabled studies you will understand why. Unfortunately, she is an ardent Singer apologist and refuses to acknowledge any of his work that I have cited or the work of others that cite him. She was rather aggressive in the comments and even dismissive of the arguments I make…I know that this is not at all uncommon and feel kind of silly for not sidestepping the whole thing by choosing a different topic once I realized what type of professor she was. She has a tendency to push her point of view for example: she set up mock trails and group discussions during the semester and on more than one occasion brow beat the students until they accepted her point of view which is quite frankly Ableist. I don’t think she has a malicious intent however she is just mistaken. I don’t blame her as much as I blame myself for not avoiding this. So, as I stated she has given me an incomplete and after reading her comments I do not think I can write a paper she will accept without complete acquiescence. So I have suggested that I drop the topic completely and start fresh with something else. Are there any thoughts? Edited May 29, 2014 by popscull Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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