As you have probably gathered if you have been following my semester, we have been struggling with the issue of teacher attendance a bit. After we approached our critic about this, it really turned out to be just a case of miscommunication rather than a lack of interest on his part. Things have been going much better in the studio and i think everyone is much happier.
What has gotten me thinking was a situation that occured the week before spring break. The morning of our midreview we had our material effects class at 9. This, of course, meant that not very many people showed up for class. There were four of us there (luckily I woke up late, but decided to make a run for it anyway) out of about 12. Naturally our professor was very upset. Although she teaches a studio that also had a midreview that day, she felt that it was irresponsible and disrespectful for people to miss class - especially given the fact that so many people have been complaining about teacher attendance throughout the school.
I wonder, are we just hypocrites or whiners, demanding too much from our teachers who also have busy schedules and various demands? Or are we justified because we are paying for the service of education? I think we pay something like $200/hour for classes, so no one takes skipping a class lightly by any means, but should we be expected to be more professional in our education?
I am personally really divided on this issue. In some ways i feel badly about making demands for a professor's time, but in other ways i feel like an angry customer when they don't fulfill certain expectations, especially when i think the quality of what's being taught is so good.
I don't know that there is any resolution to this. Maybe both teachers and students just need to be more understanding of the crazy schedules that we are all operating on.