Sociolinguistics Basics Language is basic to social interactions, affecting them and being affected by them. Connie Eble of the University of North Carolina explains how the field of sociolinguistics analyzes the many ways in which language and society intersect. Sociolinguistics is the study of how language serves and is shaped by the social nature of human beings.
Wikipedia As late as the early s, the professor had a near absolute authority to discipline a class in whatever way the professor saw fit. Some professors would even slap students who made foolish comments.
Very few people would want to return to those days—a university student should not be afraid of a professor. However, student behavior since the early s has worsened in the college and university setting.
The problem began in with the student revolutions. Students took over administration buildings, and in the case of the University of California, the entire campus.
Such protests continued, though with less radical effects, from the s until the present. Today, however, at the classroom level the problem is with students who talk in class out of turn, walk out early if they feel bored with class, use cellphones and other electronic equipment in class, or smart off at the professor in class or in an e-mail.
All three forms of respect play a role in the classroom. The professor worked hard to gain degrees in his field and is in a position of authority over students—not arbitrary or overbearing authority, but authority as someone who teaches, guides, and helps maintain decorum in the classroom.
Pampered, spoiled students whose parents have protected them from the harsh realities of life tend to remain at the developmental level befitting someone younger than they.
They still hold on to the attitude that they know everything and that older people are ignorant fogies who accept only outmoded ideas. Some students will mature out of this immaturity especially womenbut many do not.
I can have a sense of humor about that form of disrespect in class, but if students do not grow out of such arrogance, it will harm them in the future. Other students rebel against any authority figure, no matter how benign.
Their misbehavior is not as much personal as it is about a hatred of authority in general. Students lack respect for human beings qua human beings when they talk in class about non-class related subjects when the teacher is giving a lecture.
It has become practically difficult to discipline students for such behavior, especially for large classes. Except for test days, I do not fight over phones—if students do not listen in class, they will not do well on exams, and that will be their punishment. One of the worst behaviors I have seen is when a student walks out of school due to being bored or due to disagreement with the professor.
This behavior shows disrespect for both the professor and for the educational process in general. Then there is the respect that a professor earns for doing a conscientious and thorough job in teaching, who carefully integrates research and teaching, and who helps students to excel.
Such agitators are dangerous, and if the professor detects their handiwork, the professor can take steps to confront and discipline them. Being a college or university professor is a tougher job than in the past—the behavior of high school students in the s has become mainstream behavior on college and university campuses.
I fear what the future holds for college and university professors without a restoration of the traditional family, parental discipline, and a commitment from college and university staff to affirm the importance of classroom discipline.
Skull and crossbones Photo credit: Increasingly secular, godless Europe is finally passing laws that reflect the decline of the remnants of Christian ethics that held on for a while after the decline of religious belief. It had no problem killing minors and people with senility of whatever cause.
What are the limits on the age of minors? The slippery slope that supporters of euthanasia claimed would not happen is already fact.
A godless society only gives life a utilitarian value. Although Kant tried to set up a secular system that allowed for intrinsic human dignity, his dream died, at least in some European countries, and the remnants of the Christianity that still influenced Kant died away.
The fittest survive; those considered unfit will be eliminated. The most frightening instances of murder are those murders that use mercy to justify them.
However, given the responses of most of my medical ethics students to questions regarding the moral rightness or wrongness of physician assisted suicide, it seems that those supporting PAS will win in the long run. If they do, it will be no surprise if PAS leads the way into voluntary active euthanasia and eventually to involuntary active euthanasia.
God help us all if that happens—and it will happen in Western Europe and probably in Canada before it happens in the United States. Atheists forget, when they catalog the crimes of religion, that the mass murderous regimes of the twentieth century were atheistic: The sanctity of human life does not make sense in an atheistic framework; the value of human life must be instrumental and not intrinsic in a consistent atheistic system.
It is no surprise, then, that Belgium and the Netherlands are going the route toward allowing more and more classes of people to potentially be subject to euthanasia. The price paid for such folly will be very high.A new national survey by Pew Research Center finds substantial partisan, racial and gender differences on this question.
About eight-in-ten (78%) Republicans say too many people are easily offended, while just 21% say people should be more careful to avoid offending others.
The two versions of the political correctness question are: There's been a lot of talk lately about “political correctness.” Some people think that the way people talk needs to change with the times to be more sensitive to people from different backgrounds.
Every single day, the mainstream media in the United States bombards us with subtle messages about what we should believe and what “appropriate speech” consists of. Most of the time, most Americans quietly fall in line with this unwritten speech code.
Report a connection problem; Suggest a purchase (requires login) About the Stanford Libraries. Racial paranoia: the unintended consequences of political correctness: the new reality of race in America. Political correctness > United States.
United States > Race relations > Political aspects. In , when Link’s article first appeared, China’s gross domestic product was $ trillion, slightly more than 13 percent of the GDP of the United States.
Jan 30, · What Research Says About The Consequences Of PC Culture: It's just one study, but we know that political correctness is a measurable thing. Future studies might even bear out Chait's thesis.