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Texas A&M Professor Fails Entire Class Over Disrespectful Students

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 04:58 PM

A Texas A&M professor showed his disgust with disrespectful students by failing the entire class, although the university has said the grades will not stand.

The Strategic Management class taught by professor Irwin Horwitz received an email, called "fiery" by Houston's KPRC, calling the students a disgrace to the school and telling each they would get an F.

Horwitz told KPRC that he had been lied to, cheating was ongoing, and at one point, he'd even felt the need to have protection from security guards while teaching the class.

"Yesterday I reached the breaking point," he told the radio station. "It became apparent that they couldn't do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do."

The grades won't stand, Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, vice president of academic affairs, told KPRC. Horowitz will not finish teaching the class; it will be taught by the department head.

In the email quoted by Inside Higher Education, Horwitz said, "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."

Many commented on the higher ed article, and on social media, about Horwitz's decision, some against but many supporting his intentions, if not his methods.

"I understand his frustration. College level teaching is getting more challenging in many ways. We need solutions and strategies to deal with the problems Horwitz confronted in an extreme way," one person wrote.

"As it is, he admitted that some students were doing the work necessary to pass, so they individually don't deserve Fs. The whole thing sounds like a temper tantrum to me," another said.

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