Background provided by the instructor: In my small undergraduate seminar class, I corrected a student who was stating some things as “facts” – which were actually inaccurate representations of the research in my area of scholarship.  After class, I followed up via email with the student just to clarify. Here is the student’s reply to my email:

Dear Dr.  ___:

It is pretty pathetic when the student has to educate the professor on the research!