Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Cheater's Handbook

The Cheater's Handbook The Naughty Student's Bible Bob Corbett
The Naughty Student's Bible
Bob Corbett

There are probably two types of people who are going to read this book: students and teachers.
On one hand, you have the lackluster scholastic endeavorer who knows his stuff. No, not his academic stuff—his own stuff. He knows that his ass'll be too lazy to get around to an assignment every now and then and that when that life-threatening moment arrives, he'll have The Cheater's Handbook in hand to make sure he's doing his corner-cutting right, to make sure that he is indeed taking the shortest path from Point F to Point A. (The expected societal analysis
about why he feels the need to accomplish this can be found in the final chapter.) Yes, The Cheater's Handbook will be the one book in his life that he ever does study.
On the other hand, you have the teacher who omehow discovered this manual and thought he'd
get one up on all those miserable little cretins who turn his life into a winless Tom & Jerry-esque combat day in and day out. To that breed of academic, let us first say: You're doing something terribly wrong. Very rarely does a great teacher have a room full of cheaters. A truly great teacher can take even a compulsive cheater—one who thrives on it not out of necessity but for sport—and transform him for that one semester into an eager beaver who shows up early, enjoys doing the homework, and comes to ask questions on his own tune. How? By making it interesting!
When are all you teachers out there going to realize how boring you make every thing you talk
about? Do you think that paraphrasing the previous night's reading assignment is a creative way to teach?

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