...he called them a disgrace to the school. He said he will no longer be teaching the course and will be giving everyone in the class a failing grade.
"Enough was enough,"
After what he calls a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, Horwitz had all he could take.- Advertisement -
"Yesterday I reached the breaking point," he said.
Is professor Irwin Horwitz a hero for the cause of Teaching These Coddled Youth of Today About Responsibility and Adulthood, or just another crazy old motherf*cker? You be the judge. A sample of Horwitz's email to his class, via Inside Higher Ed::
"Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to 'chill out,' 'get out of my space,' 'go back and teach,' [been] called a 'f*cking moron' to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students". None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character. It is thus for these reasons why I am officially walking away from this course. I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level". I will no longer be teaching the course, and all are being awarded a failing grade."
But the university is not backing Horwitz up. Students who finish the course, taught by another instructor, will be judged by their performance in the whole class for the whole semester.