Of all the reasons to miss class, it is the weather excuse that bugs me the most.
Over half of my students in the 3 pm class failed to show up for my lecture on Catalan nationalism. When I asked the rest what was happening, they told me that the weather was too nice to be in class. And that really bugs me.
If at least we lived in a climate where people only see the sun once or twice a year, I would find this somewhat easier to understand. But we have had this hot and sunny weather since March. How painful is it to dedicate 50 minutes of one’s life to being in the classroom instead of outside?
I don’t want to sound like a frumpy ancient creature who doesn’t understand the young people, but I’m tempted to ask how these kids imagine their future in the workplace. Isn’t it time they grew up already?
This is such a good lecture, and it annoys me that so many people missed it. Now they will not be able to understand half of what I say in class and will slow things down for the responsible students who did show up.