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04 October 2007 @ 07:56 pm
Thing #243 I Disapprove of.  
I disapprove of teachers (or anyone, really) that seeks to prove how hip and edgy they are by cussing in a professional environment.
 
 
 
a shyness that is criminally vulgarlynstraine on October 5th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
from a teacher who swears
Uh, well, when part of your curriculum is teaching essays entitled "Shitty First Drafts," "Because That's What We Do to Faggots" and "Meanings of a Word" (gloria naylor's essay on being called the n-word), kind of inevitable. shrug.
Suzi: piranha - crazy eyesk00kaburra on October 5th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
True, but how many teachers are teaching that subject matter?

I do fail to see how it helps the learning process with subjects like human biology and intermediate algebra.
a shyness that is criminally vulgarlynstraine on October 5th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
At my university? Quite a few, since that's the standard curriculum for English 101.

I can see what you're saying as far as other disciplines go, but so far I've discovered that in teaching English, at least, profanity can be an aid and a necessity--because, like everything else that permeates our methods of communication, it deserves to be confronted & analyzed.

I realize this may be diverting from your original pt ... I just wanted to say that not all teachers necessarily swear in an effort to be edgy or hip.
Suzik00kaburra on October 5th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
English 101 = default basic English class? The major focus of the basic English classes here seem to be Greek mythology or related to a specific culture/timeframe, like Japanese Women's Studies or Graphic Novels or whatever it may be.

Anyway, that does make sense that the teacher's going to use the same language as the material they're teaching. Thinking back, I can think of a few times that my English teachers dropped a 'shit' or a 'fuck', but it was always within the context of the material so it didn't stand out.
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
It's more of a problem from my persepctive when a teacher uses it in conversation. If you are talking about media theory, there is no good reason for your teacher to say "And that's f-ing stupid," or "and shit like that."

It's not professional, annoying, and it makes me lose all respect for that person as a teacher.
whimsicalbeauwhimsicalbeau on October 7th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
It's more of a problem from my persepctive when a teacher uses it in conversation. If you are talking about media theory, there is no good reason for your teacher to say "And that's f-ing stupid," or "and shit like that."

It's not professional, annoying, and it makes me lose all respect for that person as a teacher.
whimsicalbeauwhimsicalbeau on October 7th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: from a teacher who swears
double post, with only one logged in? What?
当て字: =_=;ateji on October 5th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
This would be a good time to note exactly what was said as well as when and take it to the respective department heads as a complaint.
Suzik00kaburra on October 5th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's never been enough to be considered offensive (the incident I was specifically thinking of was a math teacher I had a few semesters ago who would put the problem on the board and say, "OH CRAAAAAAAAP!" whenever a suggested answer didn't work with the problem. A lot of people don't consider 'crap' to be cussing anymore, and he was an excellent teacher - it was just a quirk that always bugged me because I thought it was horribly unprofessional.
Sean was complaining about a teacher he has that was doing similar thing this semester, which was what triggered my cranky post. I can't really complain about someone at another school.