Professor fails his entire class: ‘Enough was enough’

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GALVESTON, Texas — A professor in Texas reportedly tried to send a message to a class full of students whom he deemed too poorly behaved — by giving them all failing grades.

According to KPRC Irwin Horwitz, a management professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, failed his entire class, sending them a fiery email that said they were a disgrace to the school and that he would no longer be teaching the course.

KPRC reported the professor made the move due to the students’ disrespect, backstabbing, lying and cheating.

“Enough was enough,” he told the station.

He said the students “couldn’t do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do.”

John Shaw, one of the students who received the email, told KPRC, “I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class, it was overwhelming.”

However the university plans to overturn the professor’s action. The president of academic affairs at the university said his failing grades won’t stick.

The head of the department is expected to fill in for Horwitz for the remainder of the semester.

Dr. Horwitz spoke with WGN Morning News about his reasoning for the failures.

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5 comments

  • concernedforkids

    Oh boy, be careful teachers….they already took most all the parents rights and duties away. Now they r working on the teachers. That’s why we parents, and now teachers don’t get no respect. Somebody should fire whoever it was refusing to back that teacher. That’s scandelous.

  • Linda

    Teachers don’t get any respect any more. The administration should have stood by professor’s decision. Poor management at that school.

  • Lyndon Baines Jackson Sr.

    I have never been to college, I chose to do 8 yrs in the Army…. But I feel that this teacher or professor or whatever he calls himself, should find another line of work.Because teaching is not one of his better strongpoints…. I wanted to lace this comment with expletives, but chose against my better judgement…. But he definitely needs to remove himself from the educational field, because he has some serious issues going on in his head….

    • Tracy

      Try teaching for a year, then you can comment. As a college instructor I can tell you that a lot of students are rude, disruptive, and poorly equipped to handle college. I have students show up 30-40 minutes in to a 50 minute class. Some talk through the entire class and the majority text. And that’s if they even show up at all. They don’t read the syllabus, they can’t follow instructions, and the majority have abysmal writing skills (we’re talking can’t even be bothered to run spellcheck). I love teaching, but it is a daily struggle to not go crazy. I can totally understand where this professor is coming from. HOWEVER, I think failing the entire class was a bit much. There are always at least a handful of perfectly wonderful, intelligent, self-sufficient students in any class and failing them based on the actions of their classmates is harsh.

  • Martin

    I hate school. I dropped out and went into business and sales on my own and am proud to say I am doing much better off. School is a waste of time. Professors are idiots, majority of other students are idiots. I don’t gain anything and I have to pay $50,000 on top of that? What a joke. No school could pay me enough to attend. I feel more sympathy for the professor but still he sounds as stable as a crackhead.