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I like it when students vandalize with purpose. I’m not religious or affiliated with any related cause, I just noticed this little post-script on a poster in the Humanities building on campus and thought it worth taking a photo of.

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I love my students, and more so for their mistakes! And this one I particularly like. I am currently grading first year final exams, and the subject is Philosophy of Science.

One of the questions they could choose to answer was:

“Do you think there is an inevitable conflict between faith and science? Discuss critically with reference to the theory of evolution.”

Considering the cultural background of most of our students (the breeding ground for prejudice and fundamentalisms – remote and culturally isolated small towns) this question is a friggin nightmare to grade.

And then Mr. Hildebrandt made the mistake of writing “Revolution Theory” instead of Evolution Theory in his introduction.

I wish I made mistakes like that…


While grading the first year papers I came across the strangest student mistake. I’ve posted about other silly student mistakes but surely this one takes the prize! On a question about the meaning of life this student wrote:

“Man could be… seen as the evolving, an image ‘Darwin’,, but evolving psychically a precursor to the charting.”

I have no idea what it means… do you?


I tutor first year Philosophy for many reasons:
a) It’s the course work that radically changed my life when I was 18.
b) They are still excited about studying, varsity and new subjects like philosophy. And…
c) Because they are young and naïve they make funny mistakes.

Part of my job’s duties entail marking student’s assignments and tests. Today while marking an assignment on Philosophy and Science a student, who shall remain unnamed, wrote: “Albeit Einstein” instead of Albert Einstein. And as amusing as this typo is, what made me giggle was that she used it throughout her essay.
Bless her!

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