Volume 92, Issue 39

Thursday, November 12, 1998

not too late to reconsider football too


Talk, talk

Re: Watch your mouth, Nov. 10

To the Editor:

In response to Alex Chartrand's Nov. 10 opinion on censorship in the classroom – it is very unfortunate your feelings have been hurt. However, you are not the only one paying tuition for the classes you attend.

Everyone in your class has the right to listen as well as give their opinions, including yourself. Yet, it is obvious to many in your class (although not to yourself) that you are simply talking too much and too often.

I will go way out on a limb and assume that this unnamed faculty member who has asked you about "keeping quiet" has quite a bit more knowledge about the particular class subject than yourself. Thus, the reason why students attend his or her class, rather than attending yours.

Furthermore, I as well have had the displeasure of having a class of 300 plus where one student felt the need to state her opinion at least three times per class, everyday. Not only did I attend this one class with the aformentioned student, I also had a smaller class with her, where her opinions and knowledge were impressed upon us more so than that of the class instructor.

I agree with you Mr. Chartrand that your opinion does matter. So, I offer you the idea of booking some time with your faculty member to further "your" discussions in private, on your own time.

Regarding your problem with the students who did not confront you directly about your "taking up too much class time," I am with them for two reasons. One, for the reason that they were willing to address this "issue" with someone who could actually do something about it and two, for remaining anonymous and thus sparing your feelings and some ridicule which you have now imposed upon yourself.

It is great to see a student willing to participate and offer his opinion in class discussions, however, not everytime, all the time, just for the sake of hearing one's own voice.

Nathan Parkhouse

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