CCM Prof Tells Stuttering Student to Keep Quiet [POLL]

Philip Garber Jr., 16, ended up switching classes.

A student with a stutter who attends County College of Morris received an e-mail from his history professor asking him to pose questions before or after class—not during—because the professor said he was taking up too much time, according to a New York Times story.

During a subsequent class, he raised his hand and never was called on.

The student, Philip Garber Jr., a 16-year-old Mansfield resident, switched classes as a result of the professor and is participating again in his new class, the story said. The Star-Ledger reported school administrators say the adjunct history professor acted inappropriately, but officials wouldn't say if any action was taken against the professor.

The professor's e-mail said the suggestions were meant to make his experience in the class more productive and enjoyable.

Lori October 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM
You have a point...however the professor ignored the student when he raised his hand in class the next day. I completely feel that the professor could have handled this way differently and her actions should not be ignored that way she can do her job better in the future. That is what life is all about, learning from our mistakes and bettering ourselves (even for the sake of others).
Lori October 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM
It's a good solution, however, it would need to be the same for all the students. The one student should not be singled out as the only one 'handing' in their question on paper (unless that is how the student chose to do it). This student obviously wanted to be heard verbally and had little or no self-consciousness about his impediment.
Lori October 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM
The professor was a 'she', if you click on the appropriate links you will read that. Also, just because of this one incident doesn't mean that she shouldn't be teaching and what does tenure have to do with this story??? I don't think their is enough information to say 'she' shouldn't be teaching. But I do agree that some teachers shouldn't be teaching and it's up to the public to expose inappropriate things such as this to learn from them and/or make aware if in fact there is some type of negative pattern to the teachers methods.
Maxim Sapozhnikov October 17, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Of course, it has to be openly offered to all students. I believe that there could be students who would just prefer to use a note rather than oral question regardless of speech impediments or absence thereof - out of personal shyness, for example.
Lurky Loo October 17, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I have a feeling this story has gotten out of hand and the teacher may not be the bad guy(girl) everyone is making her out to be.


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