Respecting others

A lot of times in life we say one thing and act differently. We’re all hypocrites at one point, but where is the line drawn? When do you look at that person and say, “Hey, aren’t you a bit old for this behavior?”

I decided to draw the line last week. Usually I ignore people and walk the other way mumbling under my breath, but this was different. It is different. Have you ever been unfairly called out in a class before? Embarrassed for no reason at all (other than the professor’s ignorance)?

I’ve been called out before in high school for talking and so on, but never unjustly. For the first time, last week I witnessed two young women being scolded in front of a class for taking “too long” on a test. There was no time limit on the exam or anything of the sort. They honestly didn’t even take more than ten minutes longer than everyone else.

During the exam, the teacher walked up to them to tell them to hurry up. Afterwards, she confronted them before they were leaving. There was still at least half the class standing around listening to her lecture the girls.

I recall her saying that they had taken away from lecture time by spending longer than others on the test. She also mentioned them going to disability services for the next tests. People around me whispered and said, “Oh my God! Did she really just do that?” Well she did, and it infuriated me.

The really disappointing part is that the class that day involved cultural diversity. What kind of person says to treat everyone fairly and without discrimination of any sort, then goes off and turns someone’s face bright red in front of the class out of their own pure stupidity? I had already planned on saying something to the head of the department, but I really just want her to apologize to them.

Students and teachers alike: think before you speak and give others respect. No one thinks the same or looks the same. We’re all different. There is no reason to call people out on their differences. And in this case, unless you set a time limit for the students during testing, don’t be rude when it doesn’t go the way you had planned. You should know better.



3 thoughts on “Respecting others

  1. Gary says:

    Good point, Katie! I am one of those who takes a long time and I am nearly a straight A student for most classes save math or math-oriented classes where I wind up in B status usually. And I take a LONG time as well, usually nearly the last one out of the class, if not THE last. I have a Master’s in Education and we are taught that a test is simply an assessment. It is actually as much benefit to teachers as well as the student because it is NOT about the grade, it is about a teacher’s ability to impart information and student’s ability to retain it and reason on the information presented. If the whole class isn’t finishing and fails many or most of the questions, it is usually the teacher’s fault. If most everyone is doing reasonably well, then the teacher is not at fault, and it is most often the student’s own abilities, lack of initiative and drive, etc. And in some cases, English may be a second language and difficult to take tests in for some types of students like exchange students. They are not ‘disabled’ and should simply be sat in a more private setting where time isn’t an issue. The students as well should inform the teacher of any problems.

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