I don’t like linking to videos, but this one is right on the money. If anyone can find a transcript, please paste it in the comments:
The main point of parody is the student, not the bitter and cynical professor. The student thinks she’s all that from having written
one two “A” papers, despite getting a C in other coursework. She thinks she can write a dissertation on a general theme. She knows the name of a scholar or two, and that’s… it.
I can safely tell you that there are students like this who are getting straight A’s and are actually competent in their field who still have no business going to grad school right away. The childishness underlying their motivation is simply not acceptable, and they don’t have enough general knowledge to warrant putting them in front of a class of any sort. There is a certain worldliness necessary for teaching, and it used to not be an issue, because overgrown babies couldn’t simply rack up straight A’s. Our system now has no way of discriminating between people of a certain maturity and kids who can jump hurdles mindlessly. It’s a serious problem at certain grad schools; in other schools, the students are too worldy, too professional, not hungry enough for knowledge.