Some people think the old idea of hammering a single assignment out in a week lets you reinforce those concepts. Truthfully, its the long term ones which force you to actually apply the stuff over a greater period of time that both make you more familiar and adept at the stuff your learning.
Exactly! In what fucking universe does a production team assigned to research and locate props, a shooting location and wardrobe while also producing a completely unrelated documentary, writing drafts of a script outline, crewing a TV station AND study for an essay based off a novel, while simultaneously reading a different novel for the week after AND absorbing all the different lessons?
People are going to make huge fucking mistakes with this much pressure on them, and we already are. It got to the point where the administration put a "reading week" in the middle of the semester so we could relax. This is a week where we're literally told that we are not supposed to be doing any homework and, according to our English teacher, teachers are not supposed to assign anything over that week. Well guess fucking what? EVERY SINGLE GODDAMN TEACHER EXCEPT OUR ENGLISH TEACHER ASSIGNED SOMETHING THE WEEK BEFORE THE BREAK AND HAD IT DUE THE WEEK AFTER.
At the rate I'm going, I'm going to fail the semester. I'm failing one course and barely squeaking by in the other, and it's an uphill battle to keep the other three classes at a half decent grade.
At least in the real world you work an 8-hour (or 12+-hour, in the case of a lot of film shoots and TV studios), get PAID
for it, and go home. If someone else is fucking up their job, it doesn't affect you. If I'm an audio guy or a camera guy and the lighting guy is being useless, not only am I not expected to pick up his slack, I'M LEGALLY NOT ALLOWED TO. I get paid on the merit of my own job and if someone isn't doing their job, shows up late and/or doesn't meet a deadline, they are FIRED AND REPLACED ON THE SPOT.
I may not be the best cameraman or lighting technician or production coordinator, but I'm a damn good audio engineer and I'm RELIABLE. I show up on time, I hand things in on time and I can LEARN. I'm sick of being brought down by other people and having a million things due all at the same time. I have three friends who are physically suffering because of this stress, and I think I'm getting to that point, too.