It used to be that I hated the words term paper, but I’ve made peace with that one. Now I hate it when teachers say group project. Especially when it’s more than just working with a partner. Haven’t these teachers ever heard of the problem of collective action? The more people, the harder it is to get anything done. That’s why minorities always win in politics.
Fewer people = easier to organize
Fewer people = fewer shirkers
People like to shirk responsibility if they think they can get away with it. When there are four people in a group, how easy is it to say, “Oh, I don’t have time, but so-and-so will do that.”
You might as well insert my name for so-and-so because inevitably I end up doing all the work while they reap the A.
Yes, I understand the point behind these abominable tasks. Teamwork is a valuable skill in the workforce and that’s what college is supposed to be preparing us for. But seriously, it’s not like I’ll be putting that on my resume.
Skills: Microsoft Office, Typing 60 wpm, and Plays well with others.