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Students Should Show Some Respect

Yesterday, I was sitting attentively in a lecture when the visiting professor seemed to be having just a little trouble. Momentarily confused, he paused for a few seconds before continuing when suddenly the disrespectful individual next to me yelled out, "He's so messed up!" The statement was clearly audible to the professor, since we were sitting in the front row.

In our quite liberal learning environment at MIT in which there are very few rules for classroom behavior, it may seem acceptable to continue talking after the lecture has begun, read The Tech, or fill out income tax forms right in front of the professor's eyes, gossip and giggle throughout lectures, make fun of the professor, or pack up before the professor has concluded his or her lecture.

But I do not believe this is acceptable behavior. All of us should remember our grade school years in which we were disciplined for inappropriate classroom behavior. Although MIT is a very prestigious institution and everyone here is very intelligent, no one has the right to be disrespectful toward others. No matter where you go or have gone to school, you should always respect your elders and extend a little courtesy toward others. Please have some respect for our professors and other students as well.

Alex K. Chu '98