Friends, Bardiac is being threatened to perform an assessment exercise, because you know that if we don’t do it, the “they’ll do it to us“ boogeyman will jump out of the recycling bin in the hallway and we’ll regret it! (We will!) So (the argument goes) we should just do extra work because someone has issued a threat. But Bardiac is skeptical:
I have to say, I’m so sick of the threat that “if we don’t do it, they’ll do it to us” that I could spit. The they of that threat isn’t doing diddly that’s of use. There’s no serious evaluative stuff happening here, despite blathering and spending money up the wazoo to talk about it. And what is being done is being done to us already, in ways that make me lose a class day in intro writing every fall.
I’ve never yet seen anything useful come out of all the money they’ve spent and all the crap they’ve made us do. I have seen vicious nastiness happen, however. And I’ve seen threats of more to come.
Do any of you have experience with the “they’ll do it to us” boogeyman? Like Bardiac I’m skeptical, but I’ve got an open mind if you have a tale of woe to share. I’d like to hear all about it. Don’t forget to leave your collective wisdom in the comments at Bardiac’s place! (Otherwise, “they’ll” do it for you, and you won’t like that now, will you, missy?)