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A colleague once told me about a study (which I've never been able to locate, so it may be apocryphal) that graphed student evaluation scores against faculty age.

According to my colleague, the result was an inverted bell curve: students responded well to faculty near their own ages and to faculty near their grandparents' ages, but not to faculty in between, near their parents' ages.

Delaney Kirk

I've heard of this too but not sure if it is true or an urban legend. Also, with this new generation with helicopter parents, perhaps it is less true? Would make an interesting study.

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