In a college course in African Literature, we are reading and discussing
five novels by African authors. Last Wednesday, as part of a "pop
quiz", we were asked to rate the five novels. Over the weekend I
learned that one of the novels was written by the teacher's husband -- a
fact she did not mention in class. If I had known that, I wouldn't
have rated his novel fourth out of five. To me, it borders on unethical
to ask your students to comment on a book without disclosing your
connection to the author.

This is only my latest gripe with this teacher. The first week of class
was spent learning the following: what a plot is, what a theme is and
the difference between metaphor and simile. This is a COLLEGE course.
What a complete and utter waste of time. I wish I had dropped it when I
had the chance.