I want to start this post by stating that I thoroughly enjoy Dr. Jesse Martins classes. The structure and intentions behind this class reflect a real care for its pupils and the next generation using the proven effective teaching method of autonomy-support. I appreciated being treated like an adult who was responsible for their own understanding of the material.
However, I will also state that I felt a lot of unnecessary animosity and frustration from the comments I’ve received from a handful of individuals.
Basically, my real question is; why are some of y’all so rude??? This is an undergrad class where the intention is suppose to be a fun and educational course where we analyze the effectiveness of education styles. The only real expert here is Dr. Jesse Martin, in which the superiority complex that some of my classmates seemingly were afflicted with resulted in some destructive comments that tore apart the reasoning behind blog topics just to make that individuals comment look better.
I want to also state that I wasn’t the only one that was upset with some of the comments I had received. After speaking to a variety of my peers, the general consensus was that a few comments were just simply rude and disrespectful. We’re all in the same boat here as undergrads just trying to better our lives, and I don’t believe it’s too far fetched to expect my classmates to just be decent human beings.
IN CONCLUSION: Last time I checked, we’re not all world-renowned experts in the chosen topic of the week. If you find somebody’s understanding is lacking, help them understand rather than badger their blog post. If you enjoy Dr. Martins classes, maybe don’t be a rude and selfish jerk???
Currently, this blog post has just been me ranting, but I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this, and the implications behind the rouge ill-intentioned individuals can seriously undermine the basis on which this class is based on.
Here are some references for your consideration:
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Di Stasio, M. R., Savage, R., & Burgos, G. (2016). Social comparison, competition and teacher–student relationships in junior high school classrooms predicts bullying and victimization. Journal of adolescence, 53, 207-216.
Eccles, J. S., Wigfield, A., & Schiefele, U. (1998). Motivation to succeed. In N. Eisenberg (Ed.), Handbook of child psychology (Vol. 3), Social emotional and personality development (pp. 1017e1096). New York: Wiley.
Feldlaufer, H., Midgley, C., & Eccles, J. S. (1988). Student, teacher, and observer perceptions of the classroom environment before, and after transition to junior high school. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 8, 133e156.
Festinger, L. (1954). A theory of social comparison processes. Human Relations.
Garandeau, C. F., Lee, I. A., & Salmivalli, C. (2014). Inequality matters: Classroom status hierarchy and adolescents’ bullying. Journal of Youth Adolescence, 43, 1123e1133.
Thanks for reading.
XOXO Gossip Girl.