Irate Texas A&M professor quits course, gives entire class a premature 'F'

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A professor at Texas A&M Galveston who had reached the "breaking point" sent an email to students in his strategic management class announcing that he was giving an "F" grade to each and every one of them!

From Click 2 Houston:

After what he calls a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, [professor Irwin] Horwitz had all he could take.

"Yesterday I reached the breaking point," he said.

He sent a lengthy email to his Strategic Management class explaining that they would all be failing the course. He said the students proved to be incompetent and lack the maturity level to enter the workforce.

Free tip for graduating students: Don't ask Professor Horwitz to give you a recommendation on LinkedIn.

The fed-up educator complained in his email that he was "dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class," Click 2 Houston reports. 

Assuming his account of events is accurate, one can't fault Horwitz for being disappointed in his young charges. But there's this little matter of the semester not actually being over, so unless Texas A&M Galveston has instituted a "mercy rule" for classes that are hopeless failures, technically a professor probably can't dole out final grades.

And indeed, Click 2 Houston quotes university vice president of academic affairs Dr. Patrick Louchouarn: "None of them have failed until the end of the class."

In the wake of Horwitz's unexpected departure, the strategic management class will be taught until the end of the semester by the department head, giving students plenty of time to truly earn that "F."

This story, "Irate Texas A&M professor quits course, gives entire class a premature 'F'" was originally published by Fritterati.

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