Prof's anger at empty class: 'Couldn't bother their ar#e'
A UNIVERSITY professor has delivered an exasperated plea highlighting the sad plight of university attendance, blaming "Netflix binges" in part for poor performance.
Adrian Raftery, an Associate Professor in superannuation within the Deakin Business School in Melbourne, posted an image of his classroom which was supposed to introduce the first class of the second semester - but sadly, there was no one in it. Literally, no one had shown up.
"Unfortunately the world we live in these days, that is the absolute minimum standard of service so incentive to come to uni does diminish," the professor opined in the comments on his LinkedIn page.
"Netflix-binges over a weekend or a couple of days are now the norm."
So Mr Raftery vented his frustration, accompanied by a picture of the empty class room.
Mr Raftery explained the picture was taken 15 minutes into the first class of the semester, and said the image before his eyes was "deflating" because "they couldn't bother their arse to show up".
"I don't know about you but my generation always showed up for lectures and seminars, particularly at the start of semester," Mr Raftery wrote.
"After being pumped up to give a great class, I am deflated that they couldn't bother their arse to show up."
He says the subject he is teaching is "Estate Planning" and described it as "a mixture of law, superannuation, tax and financial planning".
It "would be one of the hardest they will encounter in their whole course".
He claimed it was an important topic for students to learn "given Australia's ageing population & the fact that we are living longer as well".
Speculation over why none of the students showed up has prompted people to asked the professor directly, and in the comments, he replied: "The question has been asked but I have yet to get a response".
"There is no doubt that over the last few years we have seen a slow decline in attendances, particularly as students near the completion of their degree - this is a final year subject.
"I could accept that it may have to do with my teaching style except for one thing - this is the first class of the semester & looking at the names on the class list, I haven't had the pleasure of having them in my room before!"
In his first class, students would learn from the government's 2015 Integration Report, which "assesses the long-term sustainability of current Government policies and how changes to Australia's population size and age profile may impact on economic growth, workforce and public finances over the next 40 years," according to its website.
Mr Raftery says that by 2055 the number of people aged 85 and over will quadruple.
"Students don't realise that their lecturers could be their best advocates for getting a job."
He said hopefully his students will read the stories and "show up next week".
All will be revealed tomorrow night, when the professor is scheduled to hold a "Blackboard Collaborate session".
"Will be an interesting work-in-progress over the next few weeks," he said.
- News.com.au approached Mr Raftery for comment.