September 07, 2005

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Bad. Bad. Bad. This class was a real stinker. The class should have been titled Eyes on the Prize: Watching the Movie. At least half the class Prof. Balmer simply came in, started the VCR, and allowed two or three minutes at the end for questions. When he did lecture, the content was either very simplistic or simply factually incorrect. The TA's were little better. They would raise their hands to answer questions (you're a TA, put your hand down) and then would answer them wrong. The final exam was an exercise in nitpicking. Instead of looking at the broad themes of the civil rights movement, he asked questions about who said specific quotes that were never talked about in class and mentioned in passing in the readings. That said, I got an A- for minimum work. It's just a terribly thought out and lazily executed way of approaching a very interesting topic. For shame, Prof. Balmer. Your students deserve better.

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I don't know. No one read the books. Final is ridiculous but they probably curve the grades up pretty high so no one complains about what a terrible class this is.