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Texas A&M Professor Fails His Entire Class Because They Were Mean To Him

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Inside Higher Ed

Irwin Horwitz had had enough. His students, he thought, weren’t performing well academically and they were being disruptive, rude and dishonest. So he sent the students in his strategic management class an email:

“Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘fucking moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students….”

Horwitz said he would fail every single student. “None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character. It is thus for these reasons why I am officially walking away from this course. I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level…. I will no longer be teaching the course, and all are being awarded a failing grade.”

The same day Horwitz sent a similar email to the senior administrators of the university telling them what he had done, and predicting (correctly) that students would protest and claim he was being unfair. The students are “your problem now,” Horwitz wrote.

In an interview, Horwitz said that the class was his worst in 20 years of college-level teaching. The professor, who is new to Galveston, relocated (to a non-tenure-track position) because his wife holds an academic job in Houston, and they have had to work hard to find jobs in the same area. He stressed that the students’ failings were academic as well as behavioral. Most, he said, couldn’t do a “break-even analysis” in which students were asked to consider a product and its production costs per unit, and determine the production levels needed to reach a profit.

In most of his career, he said, he has rarely awarded grades of F except for academic dishonesty. He said he has never failed an entire class before, but felt he had no choice after trying to control the class and complaining to administrators at the university.

Asked if the decision to fail every one of the 30-plus enrollees was fair to every student, Horwitz said that “a few” students had not engaged in misbehavior, and he said that those students were also the best academic performers. Horwitz said he offered to the university that he would continue to teach just those students, but was told that wasn’t possible, so he felt he had no choice but to fail everyone and leave the course.

And now for the hilarious part:

The university has said that Horwitz’s failing grades will not stand.

…The spokesman said that the across-the-board F grades, which were based on Horwitz’s views of students’ academic performance and behavior, will all be re-evaluated. “No student who passes the class academically will be failed. That is the only right thing to do,” he said.


Can you imagine this guy’s face when he got that reply back that he had literally no power to do that and they would be immediately reversing his decision? Complete and utter emasculation domination. “They’re you’re problem now. Signed, Total Hardo.”

“Uhhh yeah we cancelled everything you did, like instantly.”

“God damnit.”

Such a brutal blow to your confidence.

I mean I hate to break it to you dude but maybe you just really, really suck at your job? Seriously how is it even possible to command so little respect as an authority figure that you get your feelings hurt so bad you have to flunk every single person? This isn’t a classroom full of 6 year olds we’re talking about here, it’s a college lecture. Pretty much everyone in a college class just wants to keep their head down and get a good grade so they can get a diploma and a job. If you got bullied SO hard for an entire semester that you felt the need to fail everybody and quit maybe the teaching profession just isn’t for you my man.