I share some of your bad experiences with university. That said, professors aren't necessarily teaching something they are anything more than "knows it exsits" and is considered part of their discipline cohort.
This is because there is a need to teach low-level (CS 100-200) programming courses, but the only staff (professors and students working with those professors) are there working on research that has nothing to do with basic <language-X> skills, or know very much about how transistors actually work. It doesn't matter — because said professors aren't making the university lots of research money by knowing those things.
Research grants is where the money is at.
Students-taking-basic-courses comes second to that.
The trick: perform in the class, help other students understand the class material, keep your head down if your professor wants to pick on you, and let it pass.
I am responding, however, because after reading through this thread I sense another issue: you
You seem to have an inflated sense of self knowledge, lending towards arrogance.
Don't get me wrong: this is not to say that you aren’t very intelligent and capable. But you don’t seem to recognize when
to put your pride down and accept that some things might not be
as they (have, do, or have always) appear(ed) to you
Case in point: you are arguing about Cristóbal Colón with an Argentinean. Fact: most American and UK peoples know squat about the a--hole, what he accomplished, and anything about how he did it. Latinos grow up with him looming much larger over their world than we do.
Beyond which you’re both arguing against a different premise, leading to your lack of communication.
You got angry with your professor for making dumb statements about how computers are implemented when you knew better. Guess what you are doing to helios
Step back, breathe deep, and remember — it really doesn’t matter that much.
(I'd go so far as to say “at all”, but that would be me being arrogant instead.)
|TL;DR: I want to kill myself everyday. Happy thoughts.|
I do hope you are not serious, that you are just using an unfortunate figure of speech.
Remember, no matter how sucky people can be, or life, or whatever, it is never worth giving it up
In fact, not giving up
is probably the most important thing to learn in life. Because life isn’t always nice, at all. Wonderful moments only come now and then. Everything else is putting up with other people, and doing your best to avoid the ones you really can’t stand.
It is okay to vent. I clicked on this thread because I wanted to read your rant, potentially identify with the issues you are experiencing, and contribute something fun to the conversation about my own experiences (the few bad ones, at least). Reading rants is, at times, enjoyable. It helps us to feel better about ourselves and readjust our perspective away from ourselves, to remember that other people have sucky times too and that we aren’t the only ones dealing with other people’s crap.
|I wrote a lot then this website got rid of it when I pressed "Submit." I'm very sad.|
Most of us on this forum have learned to Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C before clicking ‘Submit’. That way we can just paste our (otherwise lost) text with another ‘Reply’ attempt.
I can sympathize with your frustration. I have little tolerance for other people being dumb, and I often don’t express myself well when they are.
But being intelligent does not make me smarter than people who know their business. I usually find that just letting people say what they will, even if insulting, insane, misguided, ignorant, or just Profoundly Wrong avoids most unnecessary conflict.
I post this here because I experience Profound Occurrences Of Stupidity on the internet every day, and often have a difficult time participating in online discussions with others because of it, and just wanted to share my own perspective with you.
Hope this helps.