I remember a time, not so very long ago, when making mistakes, getting advice about how not to repeat them, and following that advice was a part of what we called learning. Poring over my course evaluations for the past year in preparation for my self-evaluation, thinking about comments from my evals last year, and recalling some of the stellar professional development opportunities Large Urban Community College has provided me recently have all led me to the conclusion that many of today's students and educationists now recoil with horror at the thought of any correction being part of the learning process. Here's a list of things my professors routinely did, and I also do, that are now considered abusive:
- Using red ink to comment on student papers.
- Making too many comments or corrections.
- Telling students where to find information rather than repeating it for the fifth time.
- Informing students they must follow directions.
- Reprimanding students privately for not following directions and making them aware that they will fail the class if they also fail to follow directions on subsequent major assignments.
- Recommending tutoring to students.
- Calling on students in class who don't have their hands raised.
- Directing students who claim to have disabilities to contact the disability office to get their conditions documented so I can legally make accommodations.
- Asking students who say "I don't understand" to be more specific about what part of the assignment they don't understand.
- Requiring students to be responsible for keeping track of their own grades and averages.
- Refusing to give study guides or extra credit but providing students with tips for note-taking and test-taking which mirror the techniques they should have learned in their mandatory "student success" classes.
What other rude behaviors can you add to this list?