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Lessons in passive-aggression

I received an e-mail last week telling me that book orders for next quarter were due this week. It noted that there was a flyer about their used book program attached to the e-mail and concluded with the following: “Please consider getting your textbook order in on time to help save the students money.”


November 10, 2009 - Posted by | academia


  1. I don’t get it.

    Comment by jms | November 11, 2009

  2. “Please consider doing what you’re expected to do [i.e., get your book order in on time].”

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | November 11, 2009

  3. You should email them back and tell them you’ve already told the students what books to order, so that they can buy them from sellers on abebooks or, thus saving them more money.

    Do administrations give you any admonitions regarding encouraging students to buy from the bookstore? If I teach someday, I think I would explicitly tell my students to look for alternative options to the bookstore.

    Comment by dave | November 11, 2009

  4. But that’s merely annoying. I thought perhaps you meant that you planned to fail to submit your textbook orders on time — that might qualify as actually passive-aggressive.

    Comment by jms | November 11, 2009

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