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  •  I started college before the internet and finished (1+ / 0-)
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    in 2011, so I've been a student in both types of classes.

        Long, long ago there were classes that we just didn't show up for, but if we got there, it was relatively quiet and people actually took notes in notebooks with pens. Sometimes we even were required to do so and even turn them in or at least show the notebook to the prof every once in awhile. Even doodling in the notebook was frowned upon, and I can remember professors asking whisperers if they wanted to share that for with the whole class or save it for later.

         Second time around I watched it go from the occasional smart-phone user looking up stuff to full-out face-booking and people playing games on their laptops even after being told not to bring such stuff to class. Yet I never saw anyone stop them if they started.

         I told more than one professor that I was offended by having to spend the first half of every new class going over what not to do (i.e. communicating with others, cheating, or plagiarizing). 'Scuse me, I said, I wasn't planning to do any of those- that would be "rude, crude, and socially unacceptable" as we used to say about people in the early '80s (not to mention just plain wrong...).

    But I grew up in the era where chewing gum could get you sent to the office, and in high school we wrote our notes in code because getting caught could be baaad.  
         So I think it's generational, along with the people who come to my desk at work then proceed to talk and text with their phones while I am trying to help them or move on to the next patron.

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 07:31:44 AM PDT

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