Professor makes his mark, but it costs him his job

It's actually not that crazy of an idea. If you can make it to 4th yr Physics, your intelligence has already been proven and a "grade" for all intents should not carry a lot of weight.

Memorizing a texbook does not prepare you very well for "real" life situations and some of the "dumbest" people I have ever met were aerospace engineers who could regurgitate "ablation cascade" as nauseum but couldn't simulate the actual environmnet

On the first day of his fourth-year physics class, University of Ottawa professor Denis Rancourt announced to his students that he had already decided their marks: Everybody was getting an A+.
It was not his job, as he explained later, to rank their skills for future employers, or train them to be “information transfer machines,” regurgitating facts on demand. Released from the pressure to ace the test, they would become “scientists, not automatons,” he reasoned.
But by abandoning traditional marks, Prof. Rancourt apparently sealed his own failing grade: In December, the senior physicist was suspended from teaching, locked out of his laboratory and told that the university administration was recommending his dismissal and banning him from campus.
Firing a tenured professor is rare in itself, but two weeks ago the university took an even more extreme step: When Prof. Rancourt went on campus to host a regular meeting of his documentary film society, he was led away in handcuffs by police and charged with trespassing.
Sic transit gloria academiae.
That'll learn 'im!
Lesson number 76: even when you're a tenured professor, you do have to follow the basic rules of your employer, or else you risk being fired.He's a fine example of baby boomer professors.
This professor is a looney. If he was sane, He would have anticipated the response he got. He just proved that tenure isn't bulletproof, nor should it be.
It reminds of the professor who had so many students he offered anyone a C+ if they didn't come to class.

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