Indeed, they do build up and take up a lot of time. You'd think this'd be just an elaborate ACK that you read the stuff, but I have one prof who even cares about citation styles in these stuff which adds insult to the sisyphean robota of repeating what you read or researching what'll appear in the next weeks handouts....
Yeah, that's understandable.
Tho for education itself a net positive TBH. IDK elsewhere but here in Turkey during my undergrad I've suffered a lot from being surrounded with disinteresed colleagues who were there because "that's what you do". It dumbed it down by a large factor because a 4/5 of the class cares only about the exams.
Fair, tho smarter alternatives could've been considered, if anybody cared to talk before they act, like e.g. a period of workshops but no grading or advancing semesters, or prepping a little paper. Keep the attention, avoid the chaos. IDK...
Maybe we should be considering the way that we are basing the future course of our society on decisions made by 18- & 20-year-olds, who are not considered responsible enough to rent a car.
I read a piece by a former operator at Greifswald who said that, even were the German government to reverse its "nuclear exit" policy, there would be no way forward for atomic power there. Why? Because when he was in school, a Nuc E major meant you got laid. Not so now!
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko