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BellaDeb #670896 03/17/11 03:35 AM
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Deb -

You bring up great points. Each person wants to feel like they are respected and valued.

We are in week 4 of 6 in the ethics class forum. I was away Mon-Tue at a funeral so the forums were untouched by me until then. When I logged in on Wednesday I saw some of the most disrespectful language I'd ever seen in there. The way some of the students were referring to points of view on the issue at hand just floored me.

So I almost think the idea of discussing the issues in that class may be impossible now. I made my post, and looked at the issue from all sides, but I do not think I will engage any of the other students on the issues going forward. I am happy to discuss the issues here with you guys, and to be content with that.

I do not think the lack of respect presented in the class forum is something I could "fix", and in the two weeks that are left, it's better just to learn what I can learn and to be content with that.


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I do not think 'fixing' it is something you should have to worry about Lisa, you are in a class to learn about ethics not to fix things. If no one else wants to learn as much as you that is their problem. Plus you do enough 'fixing' here!


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Oooooooooh - That's too bad Lisa but you did try. Now it's their loss. Unfortunately it's your loss too because you were looking forward to good discussions on the topics. That could have led to much learning on everyone's part. Such an interesting subject to create great discussions shouldn't be wasted at the higher learning level but it has been in this case.

I really admire your restraint. I would probably be tempted to post some of my thoughts on those discussions if I were in that class, but looking at it from a distance, I can see that it would not be appreciated by students who should know better anyway at this level. Only the instructor would be able to accomplish anything at all and even that is debatable.

I have certainly learned something about what students should be learning in secondary school. This has also verified my suggestion in my article on "Students Responsibilities in Online Discussions" that students should treat their classmates with respect.

Good luck with the discussion boards in the rest of your courses Lisa.


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I agree that it's not worth your time for a class that will end in two weeks. Do what you do to get your learning from it and then post here with us. smile

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The teacher did send a global message out about the disrespectful language and things have quieted down again. We're in the last week of class and then it's done - which to me is a shame. I love the topic. But maybe it's good it was over with this particular group of individuals in this class.


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