Endblog: The Honors Presentations or: The culmination of all things sucky.
The original blog prompt was something along the lines of "talk about two presentations you liked."
I'm going to take the prompt and twist it and shape it in my heartless, callous bastard way of shaping things.
To be honest, I'm not a pessimist.
I just take issue with a lot of things.
I have high hopes for humanity.
As stated in the title, the Thursday presentations were the culmination of all things sucky (for lack of a better word).
Broc and Kelly- your presentation was fine. You were able to get an example of the OLPC- this is good, but is ultimately a spiced up version of show and tell. After parsing through a few student blogs, it seems the mere presence of the OLPC made the kelly/broc presentation enjoyable/memorable, when in reality, they said the word "technology" so many times I almost hurled my half-digested yogurt parfait on the freshman seated beside me.
ZOMG!! A LAPTOP! WHAT A BRILLIANT PRESENTATION!!!111!!1
If interspersed with EVERYONE else's presentations would I have been able to identify it as an honors presentation? Maybe, but I really don't think so.
Hon·or: an advanced course of study for superior students.
On Thursday, the 1701 class in its entirety witnessed a present-day problem with the education system; students who can take advantage of the system- the ones who take multiple-choice tests and run with them- are given the honors student garb. They are the elite multiple choice test takers. Their freshman writing papers were stellar (though boring as turd-sandwiches), and their blood and sweat can be found all over the U's libraries. As a reward for their heartlessness, their social reclusiveness, and their dog-like obedience to academic guidelines and/or worldly principles, these students are classified as the elite- the "honors" students***.
The Thursday presentations were boring, non-passionate, and altogether average, however, I did somewhat enjoy the presentation on low-income housing in Minneapolis. What SHOULD have went down on Thursday is this: the TAs should have each chosen one (1) presentation from their multiple recitation sessions. The day of "honors" presentations should have been nixed from the syllabus and replaced with "THE DAY OF THE BEST PRESENTATIONS FROM THE CLASS."
My group's presentation was okay.
There were better presentations in the class than were shown on Thursday. Fact. There were MANY better presentations in the class than were shown on Thursday. Fact.
The automatic showing of honors presentations and the tossing aside of the rest of the class is a terrible muzzling of creativity.
If the honors presentations were so fabulous, they would have naturally been chosen if grouped with the rest of the class.
I have nothing against honors students (for the most part). My grossly sweeping generalizations of the average honors student are grossly sweeping generalizations. I do have a problem with the definition of honors student. Unfortunately, we Do live in a world where intelligence and creativity are relatively undefinable, thus we have tests, etc... but to make the test, this... this vessel for the regurgitation of "facts and figures", the be all end all for determining the cream of the crop is ludicrous- especially in a field that rewards out-of-the-box thinking and creative solutions to a growing number of problems in the world.
Let's leave multiple choice tests, late-night cramming, heartlessness, dropping hobbies, haggling for better marks, online-classes, class dropping, adderall, single-minded thinking, and honors (under their current definition) to the pre-med majors.
Architecture is not about becoming the next Frank Lloyd Wright (I'm so disgusted every time I read that one).