Sacramento State Snack Scandal of the Day: A Sacramento State professor has come under fire after he dismissed his Psychology 101 lab class last Thursday because they failed to provide snacks.
A hand out on the first day of class reportedly read “Not having a snack = no Dr. Parrott or TAs. Now you are responsible for your own lab assignment.”
Prof. George Parrott says he has been requiring students to bring snacks — preferably homemade ones — to class for 39 years in an effort to encourage students to loosen up and work together.
“Having these goodies in the class breaks down some of the formality and some of the rigidity in the class, which is one of the most stressful for students,” Parrott told the Sacramento Bee.
But rather than decrease the stress level of students, Parrott did quite the opposite when he canceled a class his pupils say was supposed to include an essential pre-midterm review. “Our education isn’t worth food, it’s for us,” Psych 101 student Francisco Chavez said.
Parrott stands by his decision, saying he’s sympathetic to the students’ “immediate frustration,” but remains “absolutely comfortable with the conclusion.”
“The ethos I’m trying to promote is incredibly important,” he added. “It may not be appreciated, and that’s even more unfortunate. It speaks to their lack of understanding of higher education.”
University officials vowed to investigate the incident.
[sacbee / photo: srn.]