being late to class: acceptable or disrespectful?
When searching for a social design issue, I thought about what affected me and what actions strongly conjured my emotions. I came up with the issue of showing up late to class. Not myself, of course, but compared to high school I found it very flattering that so many students choose to show up late to class. I feel like class does not truly get started until about 15 minutes into it. But these are just my personal opinions. Some may disagree and believe that it is ok to show up late to class. There are generically two seperate attitudes:
1. "We pay our tuition, we should be able to make our own choices and if showing up late to class is one of them, then we have right to do so." -random student 1
2. "We pay our tuition so I think that we should be able to reap the benefits of a full class without interruptions or disturbances that effect the learning experience." -random student 2
I would have to agree with the second students' ideology. For example, the other day in my SEAM class, we had a guest speaker giving a powerpoint presentation. And as stated in the syllabus, we began the class promtly at 2:30pm. She began her introduction and a brief background of herself and low and behold a student walks in ten minutes late to class. For one, this is disrespectful and rude. It also shows a lack of caring for the individual presenting that day. We are in college, and should act like responsible adults. We've had planty of practice getting to class in the past, I don't see why it is such a problem here at the U.
My solution? I think that if a student is late to class, he/she should not show up at all in respect of the other students who actually care about learning. In order to integrate this new policy into the University procedure, an email will need to be sent to the entire student and faculty body. The professors and TA's will need to inform and then implement the new policy. The first few weeks will be difficult, but if they stick too it, us students who care about learning and wish to reap the benefits of a college education would be finally able to sit through an uninterrupted class everyday.