There is a splinter stuck in my brain tonight, the result of a curious circumstance in a class today. I hadn’t planned on posting, considering it be a rash judgment. I’ve changed my mind after mulling over the situation for most of the day.
A person in class chose a rather conspicuous spot in which s/he then pursued an extraordinarily obvious means of completely ignoring the instructor.
In my mind, a “typical” student at least feigns interest and attention while in a class. I see no point in attending a lecture only to blatantly disregard the material presented.
Then again, a “typical” student also affords a professor some base level of respect.
The sheer arrogance is what most bothers me. I’m picturing a V8-style knock on the head. His/her presence in the classroom was actually worse than had s/he not shown up to class at all.
Not attending class could be construed at worst as laziness, at best as a simple miscommunication with the alarm clock. Attending class and flagrantly flaunting some self-conceived air of superiority is downright shameful. The brazen act offended me as a student, a scholar, and a human being.