great moments in higher education

In most of my classes I give students the opportunity to revise papers that didn’t go so well. The other day a guy came into my office whose first paper had received the grade of 40. (Yeah, out of 100. Ouch.) He sat down, holding the paper in his hand. Staring at it, he said, softly, “You know, I was reading this last night, and. . . .” Long pause. “Wow.” Then he looked up at me, and said, “I am so sorry.”

(He aced the revision, by the way.)