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Jacob Neusner begins his speech by informing students that they have been prepared for a world that does not exist According to Neusner this fictional world is the reality of Brown University where students demand praise for mediocrity Additionally he criticizes students who abuse those who do not give it praise While students may appear to be Neusners primary targets he also ridicules his fellow professors who allow the students behavior to persist Therefore this fantasy world is most likely the collective product of both student and professors apathy Instead of appropriately responding to the students lack of effort professors tolerate the students indolent behavior simply because they do not want to be bothered and ultimately to be rid of the students Ironically Neusner condemns the same type of behavior that he simultaneously encourages by not taking any action his hypocrisy is the foundation of his exaggerated accusations against both students and faculty at Brown Being a supporter and frequent employer of sarcasm I initially found it difficult to disagree with Neusners basic point of view This man is obviously releasing some cumulative frustrations His essay is clever and his effective exaggerations heightened my awareness of student laziness in its less severe forms However his sweeping generalizations left him little opportunity to mention the possibility of any diligently-working exceptions to his extreme oversimplifications While Nuesner admits that professors take the easy way out by awarding students easy Bs for ordinary work at the same time he seems genuinely puzzled as to why students continue to hand in work that will receive inflated grades Indeed if a students only ultimate goal is to receive good grades and if these grades are attainable without considerable time or effort he or she will most likely take the less challenging path In one respect Neusner attempts to place the majority of blame on students and to make professors appear as the less guilty exceedingly tolerant accomplices But regardless of
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