I'm sorry? Did I register for Theology?

I apologize if this blog is scatter-brained. My mind is racing and I am still seething from class this evening.

I started my Biology of Human Sexuality class last Wednesday. Right off the bat I wasn't a fan of my professor. She doesn't seem to know the material. She answers questions like a politician, she simply skates around the initial question and gives back a bunch of BS. When explaining a process...she literally ends it in "blah blah blah". I find this irritating in a normal conversation, and unacceptable for a lecture. I realize she only does this because she is not familiar with the material. I'm sorry, my bad for wanting to be taught when I pay $234.00. The first class went much like that...she displayed her lack of knowledge and did not outline what was expected for class tonight.

I arrived to school a bit early this evening and decided to work on the worksheet for class. She made it seem like it was optional...she ended up collecting it for a grade. Luckily I did it...I suppose I will have to be on my toes in this class. She ended up returning it to us with a cute little check mark on it. Glad I am paying $234 for a trip down memory lane back into the first grade. She went on avoiding questions, using odd analogies and extending them to mean scientific things, and just generally irritating me. She ended up calling ribosomes "big red blobs" for about five minutes. I had no clue what she was talking about. Finally I asked "What ARE these big red blobs you speak of?" and she said "Ribosomes" and then she went back to calling them "big red blobs". I expect the terminology to be used...and if not, you best bet my test answers will be full of "blah blah blah" and "big red blobs". She also kept messing up the processes of mitosis, meiosis, and math pertaining to the punnet square. It is rather hard to learn material when it is being taught incorrectly. She isn't articulate in the slightest. Every word she says has me rolling my eyes or cocking my head in confusion.

She then decides it would be great to make us all get up and act out roles of parts of DNA. Remind me again when I entered the first grade? When we were in the front of the room "bonding" as it were...she didn't even tell us what to do...we just ended up holding colored paper and touching each other. It was absolutely asinine. All of this greatly irritated me...but then she got to the part that really ticked me off. She told us it was up to chance to some point, the parts that GOD didn't design. She mentioned the big guy about three times. I sat there, ready to confront her when class let out.

I waited for all of my class-mates to leave and then I went up to her desk....

I simply said: "Excuse me...your comment about God early was completely inappropriate. I didn't pay for a theology class, and I do not expect to encounter god in a science class of all places."

She went on to tell me that God and Science are not opposing forces. I said "Is that right? You know what are opposing forces? State and God" She countered that by telling me that still didn't make God and Science opposing forces. I then said "...I am paying an institution of the state for my education...and god is not factored into said equation." She then said something about mentioning in class that it was her opinion-which she did not. My ears perk up when I hear god...she said it multiple times right along with the things that should be taught as fact. She then goes on to say "I'm sorry you feel that way but it is who I am."
I said "Well the classroom is no place to reference God...and science is objective...so keep your subjectivity out of it"...in response to this she tries to tell me that all scientists believe in God! That scientists are so astounded by how nicely things in nature fit together that they feel compelled to assign the wonder to God.

After I picked my jaw up off of the ground I expressed my dislike for gods involvement in her class and asked her to keep him out of it-again. She then repeated that God and Science aren't opposing. I said..."What about Evolution? Creationism and Evolution don't play nicely. It's an either or." She then harkened "Intelligent Design!" and with that I shook my head and left class.

I intend to report her as soon as possible.

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Comment by James on June 29, 2009 at 11:47pm
Good on you for standing up for what you believe. I think you should report her on multiple accounts. Mentioning God as scientific fact and her obviously poor acquaintance of the subject matter. The student should not know more than the teacher, going in to the class. Ridiculous! If I were you, I'd be reporting her and request to be moved to another class (or at least be refunded).

Please keep us posted.
Comment by Theresa on June 29, 2009 at 11:51pm
Yes. I was ready to look past her shortcomings as a professor if she would have been decent enough to apologize. All I wanted was "I'm sorry I offended you, it won't happen again." Instead I got a debate. Little does she know the fire she's ignited in me to report her on many levels. I was speaking with a friend of mine and we agreed if she is going to preach to me, she'll get Hell in return. :D
Comment by jen o on June 30, 2009 at 12:17am
Wow I am very disappointed to hear of this. I understand that it is a college where this happened? I am homeschooling my children for sure and I hope that they have enough intelligence by the time, if they decide, to go to college to not have any problems deflecting this type of bullshit! I am so sorry that happened to you. Really pathetic!
Comment by Dan on June 30, 2009 at 1:50am
I would ask others in the class to follow suit.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 30, 2009 at 4:19am
Any way you can record one of her lectures/classes? My ipod used to work great for that, but it was with the professors ok. (I used it for later review, not evidence against their incompetence.) The ipod had to be set up near the podium, though.. you'd have to get something much more powerful if you want to keep it discreet.
Comment by Doug Reardon on June 30, 2009 at 11:43am
Misty: In most states it is illegal to record someone without their consent (politicians making sure they aren't taped making illegal statements)
Comment by Dave G on June 30, 2009 at 1:45pm
I'd definitely report her, not only for her insertion of theological belief into a science class as 'fact', but also for her clear lack of understanding of the material that she is supposed to be teaching. As James said, you should not know more about the subject matter than the teacher, and the 'big red blob' type comments makes me wonder if perhaps she's a teacher in some other field (English, history, etc. Some non-science field) that got drafted into teaching this class at the last minute.

As for recording, it varies from state to state. Florida is a two-party consent state, where both sides of the conversation have to agree to the recording, although Florida law makes an exception for in-person communications when the parties do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation, such as when they are engaged in conversation in a public place where they might reasonably be overheard. I'd say that a large public classroom may qualify for this exception, but I am not a lawyer. Also, recording in public forums is legal in Florida, but again I am not certain if a college classroom counts as a public forum from the legal perspective.
Comment by Carmela Ramos on June 30, 2009 at 2:11pm
I agree with with Dave and the_alias! I work at a state run college and have seen many a faculty member made publicly known about how they conduct their classes! I would also call on the FFRF for advice! They love hearing about these cases and can give you the proper channels to go through legally!! Youth as yourself, Theresa, give me hope for the future!!!
Comment by CJoe on June 30, 2009 at 2:45pm
Withdraw from her class. Go ahead and report her, but you're right... you're paying money to learn biology; not some ignorant religious woman's opinion who refers to things as "big red blobs". WTF? Where do you live?
Comment by Morgan Matthew on June 30, 2009 at 2:46pm


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