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Updated on Tuesday, March 3

#20627

OMG: We all have a "questions kid" in each of our classes. While it may be funny and satisfying to silently mock or text your classmates about this person, it becomes bullying when you say it loud enough for them to hear. Then it's bullying and it's mean and wrong. 

This guy just really loves archaeology, leave him alone!

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  1. People - please remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Why do we forget our basic rules of humanity sometimes?

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  2. I think it really depends on the quality of the questions. If those are thoughtful questions, only those who mock him/her are stupid and vice versa if the questions are useless & arbitrary.

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  3. if the questions are not related to the material at hand, it is time-wasting. ask those types of questions at office hours.

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  4. I'm usually one for letting people ask whatever they want (especially if the classroom is otherwise silent) but there comes a time when saying something about it might just be useful socialization. For instance, I have had many classes with a girl who only ever asked questions in order to reaffirm her own intelligence and to receive attention from the professor. She would only ask things like "So X means Y, right?" and "X is related to Y, right?" to show that she knew so much about Y. It was so tedious that, eventually, even the professor (very kindly) told her to cease and desist.

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    1. This, so very, very much. Sometimes people ask decent questions related to the material that actually helps me understand it a bit better, which is great. But most of the time in my classes, people ask questions so they can segue into telling the couple hundred people in the lecture hall how clever they think they are.

      "hurr hurr professor did you hear about the soviet invasion of manchuria, a lot of people don't know about it but that sure was a thing that i've heard about before hurr hurr"
      "that question you're about to answer looks pretty tough, but i think you can do it using IBP and some trig substitution. oh, i just answered the question? whoops!"

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  5. If that person is asking legitimate academic questions, about the material and/or its implications, fuck anyone who laughs at that person. I ask questions in class too. Why? Because, unlike most classmates who prefer to sit there with their brains turned off waiting to memorize content to write standardized tests like trained lab rats in an effort to get a gradepoint mark they don't hate, and who don't give two shits about the actual material or its relevance or any of what the prof has to say and are there simply because they have to, I feel that if I'm paying thousands of dollars to a man/woman who has pretty much dedicated their lives to a subject to teach it to me, and especially if I have an interest in that subject, which I probably should as I have CHOSEN to be there, then I will ask as many content-related questions as I fucking want as long as it doesn't disrupt the class, in order to clarify my understanding, and supplement it with out-of-lecture meetings/correspondence with my professor. Unfortunately the culture of education has become a bunch of swagfag dimwits sleeping in class and waiting to get home so they can smoke pot and waste their lives. not me

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    1. wooooooooooow

      it must be so hard being the only non sheep in the entire university

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    2. You seem really superior. Clearly you are a cut above the rest. There's absolutely no way you are assigning all these traits to everyone else to make it easier to feel like you're better than them.

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    3. OP here. I am better than them, you're right. And from the sound of it, I'm probably better than you too

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    4. woah there homie, your enlighten post gave me euphoria

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  6. "Because, unlike most classmates who prefer to sit there with their brains turned off waiting to memorize content to write standardized tests like trained lab rats in an effort to get a gradepoint mark they don't hate, and who don't give two shits about the actual material or its relevance or any of what the prof has to say and are there simply because they have to, I feel that if I'm paying thousands of dollars to a man/woman who has pretty much dedicated their lives to a subject to teach it to me, and especially if I have an interest in that subject, which I probably should as I have CHOSEN to be there, then I will ask as many content-related questions as I fucking want as long as it doesn't disrupt the class, in order to clarify my understanding, and supplement it with out-of-lecture meetings/correspondence with my professor"

    I think that was the longest sentence I have ever read... Lol

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    1. Go read Ulysses.

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    2. i call poe's law

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  7. Are the questions related to the course at hand? If they are then who is to judge? It's when something is asked that is entirely not relevant, or something that should already have been known as a pre-req, then the questions are annoying as fuck.

    Been there, put up with that... 'what are integers?' - university honours math class, 'can water be classified as a metal?' - university chem class.

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  8. I'm fine with this if the questions are to clarify the material, but I can definitely think of one student in an archaeology class I am currently taking who asks questions very smugly and they seem mostly to purport in demonstrating his own knowledge, rather than solidify it? I get a very "haha, look at what I know" vibe from his questions.

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  9. I don't mind the kid who has the courage of asking legit questions when the entire class is too shy. But I had a friend in 1a who tried to ask a lot of questions that should have been covered in the pre-req. That's a waste of my time

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