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Student Calls for Course Evaluations to Ask About Feelings of ‘Acceptance and Inclusion’

Student Calls for Course Evaluations to Ask About Feelings of ‘Acceptance and Inclusion’

“I felt angry and distressed by the misinformation and confusion my apparently well-respected professor was seeding in the students around me”

People who think this way are not ready for college. It’s just another example of why college should not be free.

The College Fix reports:

Student op-ed: Course evaluations should ask about ‘feelings of acceptance, support, inclusion’

We’ve all filled them out: professor and course evaluations at the end of the semester. And a University of Washington student doesn’t think they go far enough.

Charlotte Houston writes in The Daily that evaluations also need to ask whether students feel “safe, respected, and represented.”

Houston was aghast that one of her professors, a biology instructor, had the unmitigated gall to refer to one’s biological sex as “gender” which, she claims, “does not necessarily correspond with biological externalities.”

“I felt angry and distressed by the misinformation and confusion my apparently well-respected professor was seeding in the students around me,” she says. The prof’s alleged misapplication of the term could “make many of his students feel invisible or unrepresented.”

To Houston’s regret, there was no section on this class’s end-of-semester evaluation to “quantify the feeling of [her] heart racing while [she] refused to take notes on information that excluded groups of people,” nor for noting how the professor once made her “feel stupid in front of [her] peers for asking a question that he considered too basic.”

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | June 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

“Biological externalities”. Quantifying the feelings of her racing heart. Professors “seeding” students.

Where in the world do these children learn to compose phrases like this? How do they become so tender and fragile?

Try as I might, I just can’t hear Rosie the Riveter talking this way. My friend Jeff’s mom delivered bombers to Europe during the second world war. I don’t think such things crossed her mind.

This made me think of the old movie and series “The Paper Chase.” John Houseman played a professor who put his students through hell – and made them better (and better educated) people by it.

Students who think it is the professor’s job to make them feel good about themselves will never ever be thoughtful, well-educated and productive members of society.

I’m thinking that someone like that is going to feel invisible or unrepresented in the unemployment line

mochajava76 | June 10, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Can you imagine how these people might respond to a less than positive yearly work review from their manager at work ?

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