Dear Graduate School Faculty:
When you are teaching accelerated graduate classes--three credit classes in an intensive 8-day, four-hour-per-day format--you don't need to assign busy work in lieu of actual academic papers. Of course it's necessary to tailor the degree of out-of-class writing and reading to a manageable level. But please, for the love of God, stop assigning Personal Belief Statements and Personal Reflections. These assignments are pointless, insipid, and irritating beyond belief. I'd much rather write a real two- or three-page paper. Don't ask me to write any more three-page Personal Belief Statements about IDEA or FAPE or literacy. I can't take it anymore.