What Not to Say to College Students
A colleague sent this e-mail joke to me, which I have edited a bit. Read it, and then guess what my point is. I bet you can guess!
I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Eric, the 11 year old next doo. Eric came over, clicked a couple of buttons, and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I asked, “So, what was wrong?” He replied, “It was an ID ten T error.” I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nevertheless inquired, “An, ID ten Terror? What’s that? You know, in case I need to fix it again.” Eric grinned, and after a hesitation responded, “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?” “No,” I replied. “Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.”
So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T
I used to like Eric, the little bastard.
Many of us have had an experience or two like this. Some self-proclaimed expert points out our “ignorance” with stealthfully crafted sarcasm. (By the way, have you seen any of those Cave Man commercials?)
Think before you criticize a student. Seldom does an instructor intend to defame a student so severely as to call him or her an idiot. But sometimes it happens. Words fall out of our mouths, hurtful words. Be mindful of this.
One other thing. Occasionally you will run across a real idiot. I suppose that person has a right to know? 😉
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Posted May 20, 2010