I had just read this article titled: “why you gotta be so mean?” in the chronicle of higher education ( http://chronicle.com/article/Why-You-Gotta-Be-So-Mean-/140469/?cid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en), and it got me thinking.
Right now, we are living in a culture of meanness and sarcasm, where it is ok to criticize but not explain why, where people think it is ok to “get in your face”. Yes, comedies like Seinfeld are funny, but have you noticed how rude everyone is to each other?
This should not be happening in education, but it does; it happens from K-12 through higher ed. This is a form of bullying and it hurts our students.
Criticism is supposed to help you get better, but unfortunately, a lot of people in authority use it to belittle, punish, and for their own amusement. Sometimes, they even blog about their meanness to the world.
If we are going to educate, we need to rise above this pettiness, because in the end, it is about the student.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III