BetaBeat - It’s a tale as old as time: professor assigns you a truckload of reading, you skim it, maybe highlight some parts if you’re feelin’ real fancy, and close the book while praying a close-read isn’t required for the exam. But all good things must come to an end some time, and cheating on your reading assignment is no exception: The New York Times reports that professors are wising up to your game, and beginning to use technology to help them determine whether or not you’ve actually completed the assigned reading.
A Valley-based startup called CourseSmart allows professors to track students’ reading habits using digital textbooks. CourseSmart helps professors know if you’re “skipping pages, failing to highlight significant passages, not bothering to take notes — or simply not opening the book at all.” It also records when students are opening the books, so professors can tell for a fact whether or not you studied the night before the exam.
I’ve never wished for anything more than I wish someone would round up every nerd at this start up, pull their underpants up over their ears, and stuff their face into a fucking toilet. Like the kids who would raise their hand as the bell rang and remind the teacher she forgot to give out the homework, times 1 billion. Seriously developing technology for professors to monitor if you did the reading? Sending red flags and alerts all over the place if you didn’t highlight certain passages or take notes? Whose side are you on bro? Benedict Arnold motherfuckers. And fuck the professors who use this too. I mean why do you care if I do the reading? What does it matter to you how much work I do outside of class? Just teach and give me the exams and see if I pass. That’s what I’m paying you for. If I don’t do enough work to pass then fuck me, that’s my fault. All these asshole professors who force work on you and monitor your reading and take attendance are all just milking the power trip. If I’m not standing on my desk butt naked screaming at the top of my lungs interrupting your teaching then just shut the fuck up and leave me alone.