When a student walked in an hour late for the first class, NYU Business Professor Scott Galloway told him to go away. The student e-mailed to complain that he’d been trying out other classes that meet at the same time and didn’t know the professor’s code of conduct. Galloway’s reply (with the student’s name removed) has gone viral. Via Deadspin:
For the record, we also have no stated policy against bursting into show tunes in the middle of class, urinating on desks or taking that revolutionary hair removal system for a spin. However, xxxx, there is a baseline level of decorum (i.e., manners) that we expect of grown men and women who the admissions department have deemed tomorrow’s business leaders.
Galloway advised: “Get your shit together.”
Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance…these are all really hard, xxxx. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility…these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right xxxx.
Good advice, I think.
Instapundit, a law professor, sides with Galloway.