Friday, December 12, 2014
Reg W. Sends In This 2010 Psych Today Article About Hating Students.
To behave well in the face of annoyance or dislike, I find it helpful to look through the lens of my ethical obligations. The principles of beneficence and justice remind us to do good and to treat students fairly. To me, that means that feelings of annoyance should not determine our willingness to teach, help, and evaluate students. When I go to a professional—say, a financial planner—I want her to give me good advice whether she likes me or not.
Putting beneficence into action—doing good—usually involves managing attitudes. Some professors hate all students at first, until they are convinced that they won't be any trouble or that they have enough intellectual skill that the professor won't have to work so hard. Not so good! I suggest this alternative: Start by assuming all your students are allies.