September 12, 2006
Atttack of the impulse e-mailers!
Agenda item: We should have some common sense!
I was shocked by how rude and personal students could get. I can't believe they would actually tell a professor that they were busy drinking or that they were spending too much time on "moron" students. It all goes back to etiquette and manners. Here's my rule: If you wouldn't say it to the professor in the class, why send a low-blow of an e-mail. It makes me think of how in kindergarten, I was bewildered to see my teacher wearing stretch pants and buying toilet paper because she didn't live in the school! That's how adults are acting now. We all need to realize that just as we don't feel like reading drafts of essays all day, neither do our teachers. At the same time, it is nice to be able to ask questions on a higher level that maybe there wasn't enough time to in class. After all, the professors are paid and we do have to buy books, so we deserve to get the most of our learning. Like any privelage, we need to learn to respect and appreciate it. I think it's great that teachers are laying down ground rules for e-mail, but we should already know the rules.
Posted by ErinWaite at September 12, 2006 07:48 PM
"If you wouldn't say it to the professor in the class, why send a low-blow of an e-mail."
It's a good rule, Erin, and it ties into your agenda item of common sense.
I think that sitting in front of a machine makes it easy to forget who--if anyone--is sitting on the receiving end.
Posted by: Cherie at September 12, 2006 11:53 PM
Thanks, Cherie. I am trying to overcome using my trigger finger when about to publish something. How do you feel about e-mailing professors?
Posted by: Erin at September 14, 2006 09:59 PM