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Fred Tabor
Professor in the Philosophy department
at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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06/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHIL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

People who complain it is a hard class don't even listen to him on the first day. He say it is a hard class, and the readings are hard, and requires you to read it a lot. The reason he wants you to understand the authors view is because how can you talk about something someone said without actually understanding what he said? Love his classes.

06/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

He is hilarious! One of my favorite teachers. Apparently a lot of people don't like him, but I think that is because he actually expects you to read and know the material. He even says that his class is hard, but it really isn't if just you do the readings. He is the best at challenging ideas and views, a lot of people don't like that either.

01/31/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHIL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

Relies heavily on the essay readings and gives quizzes every day to be sure you understand the AUTHORS point of view. No effort at all to bring the class into current times. Relies on surveys and research done 25 to 50 years ago. Only opinion that matters is his and the essay authors. This class is about ethics, right and wrong. Missing this.

12/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
phil132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tough class Dont be afraid to challenge ideas and ethics I was embarrassed when I tried to speak with him after class and he asked me to walk with him and I use a cane and he walked away from me at a pace which was unacceptable to me If disabled be assertive If you take this class go everyday and read in depth If u participate you will pass

11/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phil200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He doesnt explain to you what he wants you to know Daily Quizzes on readings if you dont get them all right you get a zero on the quiz if you dont read everything 5 times you wont do well on the quizzes. if you don't want to sit through hours of people talking about their own opinions not about what you actually need to learn.don't take this class

07/17/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHIL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Midterm/final were excruciating, you needed to cover 35 topics in a 2-hour hand-written essay. Readings were very difficult & took hours. Discussions were painful because of the lack of other student's understanding of material. Don't even think about looking at your phone, you'll lose all your points! I do not recommend taking this class.

03/30/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL 200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

LOVED this class. It's not that easy but you definitely get lots of information. a lot of readings. a lot of class discussions

08/22/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phil130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you don't like him you are not open minded and take everything to personal. Read everything many times, take detailed notes, and take part in discussions. He is one of the few who test what you actually know and understand of the readings you do. Midterm and finals are 1/3 topics, doesn't tell till test day, its essay format, study for it all!

04/24/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHIL132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: He is the toughest teacher I've had. By far. Env Ethics was all about discussion, but very focused around the material. We were tasked to commit to memory full understanding the philosophies of dozens of authors and passages. And he graded hard. I had to work, but it was absolutely rewarding exercise, which I am better for.

03/11/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tabor engages the whole class in discussions that are highly philosophical and push students to think critically. He makes the class personable by actually learning names and encouraging expression of personal views. Yes, you have to do all the reading. If you put in the effort you will succeed and enjoy the class!

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