February 12, 2019

Professor suspended for calling cops on student who put her feet up in class. Is this fair?

Rob ShimshockRebel Contributor

University of Texas professor Anita Moss has been suspended a second time from teaching, stemming from a videotaped November incident where Moss called the police on a student in her San Antonio classroom for putting their feet up on a chair.

When it comes to police arresting students on campus, I can usually take a side pretty quickly. But as you'll see, the details are making this a hard nut to crack.

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commented 2019-02-12 20:20:41 -0500
If the prof wants some form of decorum in the class, so much the better for the students who actually want to learn.

In one class I was in the prof asked everyone to please keep quiet for the other students who want to listen. After the continuing drone from a group discussing whatever came to their simple minds, a student got up and asked the prof to keep it down because he can’t hear the conversation going on behind him. That stopped the yakking.

Once upon a time students behaved as though they were civilised and not suffering from entitlement syndrome.
commented 2019-02-12 19:58:17 -0500
Things would be different if the teachers were allowed to maintain discipline once again in their classrooms..
commented 2019-02-12 19:07:27 -0500
What do I think about this prof’s rules verses an unruly student?

I think it is better to take distance learning and avoid campuses altogether.
commented 2019-02-12 18:28:08 -0500
Sorry Glenn Craig .. damn typo… Your whole name was supposed to be in there.
commented 2019-02-12 18:18:27 -0500
But Craig aren’t we in North America where the culture is between USA and Canada is very similar with beer and backyard barbecues… We’re not some weird culture from the other side of the planet where do you offer to shake hands with somebody and they recoil in terror because those folks wipe their ass with a bare hand and live with an obvious lack of water based resources.. no… This is what’s happening here.. I am not supporting with that teacher did but once upon a time teachers had the right to maintain the environment in their classrooms the way they wanted and maintained order that way… perhaps would’ve engaged that student with a cuff in the ear for Posterity’s sake. The student should know better and if it wants to put its feet up it should go home… Try doing that any place else but the library ( even frowned on there ) and see what happens you know, like restaurants theatres that kind of thing .
commented 2019-02-12 17:51:13 -0500
In many cultures putting your feet up on furniture and pointing the soles of your feet at someone is the equivalent of mooning someone and in Turkieh it would result in the police strapping the soles of your feet with a leather or rubber strap until you might never be able to walk again.

Jimmy Carter caused serious foreign affairs problems by being photographed with his feet up on the desk in the oval office.