No Snacks? No Class!

George Parrott, psychology professor at Sacramento State University, cancels class because no one remembered to bring snacks.

Among the no doubt brain-numbing subjects taught by Prof. Parrott is is “Sports achievement and prediction.”  Is that for coaches, sportswriters, or for bookies—and who needs to go to university to learn it?

3 thoughts on “No Snacks? No Class!

  1. I like the idea of a class organizing itself (even if a requirement imposed) to bring and share snacks. I see some slightly subversive sense in that.

    But I kinda don’t care for canceling a class session because nobody did bring snacks. Good reasons exist for nobody being able to. And students have already paid plenty of tuition for classes.

    Recalling my university days, I don’t think that I would ever have taken a class in any department or discipline that had “sports” in the name (it meant, in my days, “football”). Neither would I have taken a class with “police” in the title, my university’s policing department having aided in training a variety of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American (secret) police officials to better their agencies, so the buzz but not the official line went.

    • My nearest experience was once when I taught a class on American religion (an extension class from a Catholic college in Illinois) to a group of nurses. It met one evening a week for three hours.

      The students organized their own snack system for the midway break; otherwise, I would have had to give them time to run to the hospital cafeteria or to the vending machines. Their system meant better food, I think. But had they forgotten to bring it, I would not have canceled the whole three hours!

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