Mailbag: Sept. 2

Facebook in class


While I am admittedly an ""older"" undergraduate student, apparently decaying by the second at the grand old age of 34, I fail to comprehend the lackadaisical attitudes of my younger counterparts.  

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This of course does not implicate every young student as being somehow educationally deficient, yet there are those who chose to waste their time and inherently the time of those around them. By this, I mean the specific and blatant misuse of technology in the classroom.


To caveat this, I am not targeting cheaters, but more so the Facebook junkies who, by apparent Darwinian nature, sit directly in front of me in every class.


Although I do appreciate the aesthetically pleasing photography often displayed without forethought, and the Michael Phelps impersonations are in no way lacking humor, it has no place in the classroom. It is understandable that the academic world has and must adapt to the wave of technology, which in itself can enhance education significantly, yet there are a few students taking liberty with the neo-academic technological transformation. I am in no way criticizing the use of computers or the Internet while in class for the purpose of enhancing education and fact finding, but merely suggesting those who feel it so pressing to Facebook during the entire class should just stay home. I will certainly miss the quasi-pornographic photos, but my attention will be far less diverted.


Mike Parker

political science junior


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