The Grief Scenario Index

 

Cliff Hanger Notes

Earl Jackson, Jr.

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The Case of The Suspense Fiction Course

Four students who failed the Suspense Fiction Course in Fall 1998, decided
to file grievances over the failing grade. They claimed that I did not
give them any idea that they were in danger of failing, that their work
and performance were clearly sufficient to pass the course, and that during
the course I never made it clear what the course requirements were, or
how assignments were to be done.

The grievance hearing was set for May 21, 1999. This site is a hypertext
version of the materials I sent Ms. C. Fong, the lawyer representing the
students, on May 1. I was unable to attend for reasons explained here and
given the committee, and I thought that these materials made my case for
me.

The purpose of this site is neither to defame the students nor to insist
on their No Pass grade. My primary goal here is to correct the impression
of my teaching methods and commitment to teaching that resulted from the
misinformation in the students‘ letters, the information that the principle
parties did not have at the time of important decisions, and the series
of events surrounding the hearing itself.

I begin this site, as I began the response to the charges, with an overview
of the course LTMO 145D, Suspense Fiction, as I designed and taught it
in Fall 1998. It is within that context that I will consider the students‘
claims.

1. How I taught Suspense Fiction
in 1998
.

2. The Four Students

3. Pre- and Post-history.

 

 


Students A and B   Student C Student  D
Student  A
’s

work with  Earl Jackson, Jr.’s feedback 

[as posted
on site


 
Student  B
’s

work with  Earl Jackson, Jr.’s feedback 

[as posted on
site
]
 Student C’s Midquarter Jackson’s Letter
to Committee 

5.1.99

Student A  Midquarter

with Jackson’s feedback
Student B

Midquarter 

with Jackson’s 

feedback
The Other

Instructor’s

Response

to Student C’s 

midquarter
 
Email letter 11.11.99

From Earl Jackson, Jr. to Student  A 

concerning her work, particularly her midquarter
Email exchange

between 

Jackson and Student  B
Interfacing

the opening of the midquarter with the 

course „Manifesto„
Summation
Interfacing

the general claims of no resources 

and the „Training“ features
of the course as described 

and catalogued on the
syllabus


Especially troubleshooting

and peer
inspiration
  the history of Jackson’s 

involvement  with 

Student C’s midquarter

 

 
 The Pre- and
Post-history of the Failures
 How
I taught Suspense Fiction in 1998
  Summation

Earl Jackson, Jr.

Tomrip5@aol.com