Today we talked about a current event that happened at the University of Guelph. A student stood up to a professor who was mistreating a student with anxiety during a lecture. We talked about their thoughts on what anxiety is and watched this video to get a better understanding of what anxiety is.
Once we had an understanding of what it was and how it felt, we read through the article together. It was great to see the outrage, hear their comments of how horrible this was, and how brave the student was to stand up for what is right. We also looked at the comments below the article and had a valuable discussion about being aware of what you say before posting online. One person replied to another in an attempt to rebut against a negative comment they had said. Knowingly or not, the writer standing up for the student made a demeaning comment about those who ‘sweep floors at McDonalds’. I made it very clear to the class that although this person was attempting to do something positive, at the same time he/she insulted many others in the process. I was intent on making sure the students understood that all jobs are valuable and need to be done. Everyone works in order to support themselves and their families, and by doing that, deserve respect. No one is better than anyone else.
Feel free to read the article from CBC about the professor.
Standing up for what is right, and knowing that everyone has value are extremely important lessons. It is my hope that they were learned today.
Have a great weekend!
(officially stepping down from soap box)