Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Daze

Back to teaching today. Several students from last year signing up for other classes I'm teaching. One of them overheard a student from my freshman comp. class remark that they were "stuck with the handicapped professor."

*blink*

I must confess a little outrage. Normally, I'd find it funny, and I do, to a degree, but something about it cut me The Wrong Way.

Had I heard it, all that would have been left was a smoking, greasy crater in the sidewalk.

11 comments:

Allison J. said...

That's really icky. Would such a student say they were stuck with the "black" professor? Or the "woman" professor? Such people make me want to take my wig off.

Collin said...

You take off your wig, Allison, and I'll take off my shoe. Time for a beat down on those little punks.

Keith said...

What can I use as a third?

I thought that kind of immaturity and ignorance stopped in high school.

Oliver de la Paz said...

I'll hold them while you guys cane 'em. Seriously . . .

Peter Joseph Gloviczki said...

Disappointed to hear about such ignorant statements, Paul. Please do take comfort in the fact that I read your blog every morning, and your poems are a wonderful way to kickstart my day. Yours, Peter G

Jim Stewart said...

Paul,

This happens to me every semester. As a consequence, I teach a disability unit every semester. Last year, I taught Peter Singer versus Harriet McBryde. I also discuss my disability on the first day and urge then to ask questions. Good Luck!

Jen Bartlett

Jilly said...

sigh

Anonymous said...

It's not right, but remember the age group. Many students still have a ways to go.

Model onward

Peter Joseph Gloviczki said...

Age is no excuse for ignorance. As college students, they're almost adults.

Peter

Theresa Williams said...

I've been teaching college a long time, and I've taught a lot of freshmen in the past. Truthfully, they can be very immature. Many of them are still holding onto highschool mentality. As college teachers, we do have a chance to help them to "see" and to grow, and I bet you do that really well. Carry on!

Jamie Ellis said...

Is it true, is Paul Guest becoming bitter to the arogance of youth? I remember being the victim to your rath more than once, and I am probably better for it. You may be paralyzed, but you are far from handicapped! Sit tall...and let the rest of the world go to hell!