Jabberwocky for 2004 March 8 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (2) : We had a discussion in my 8 a.m. class this morning. The unit in the reader is about language and its power to build or destroy. The writing assignment is about the place of perjorative words in our lives--nigger, bitch, queer, etc. One of the articles we read was a defense of profanity written by a student in Iowa or somewhere. He argues that profanity is a "real" way to talk, and people should be genuine, and those who don't like it can... well you know.

I was extremely surprised at the number of students who think it's OK to use rude language when they are with their friends, who call their friends by rude names, and who behave coarsely. Their argument is that when they are with friends, "it is real" and "safe" and they don't have to be polite.

Huh. I'm glad they feel they have to be civil in the classroom. I tried to talk to them about how friendship is precious and our friends deserve our best, not our worst, but apparently they don't have those values.


Posted by Susie at Mon Mar 08 2004 19:17

I think I have this talk in ISU everyday. About how negative comments bring the group down. But I can remove a kid from group for it.

Posted by Kristen at Tue Mar 09 2004 12:06

That is sad. It is probably masked, b/c how can you say and not mean it that often?


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