I’ve got to say something about the class discussions. There has been a pattern of several individuals (who will not be named) who take over the discussion completely. I really don’t understand how no one sees the problematic nature of the current class discussion model. I’ve given up on trying to add to a class discussion because it really only rewards people who talk most of the time (such as those who will not be named). Right now there are a handful of people who talk for the vast majority of the time and that can be really discouraging if you want to add anything substantial to the conversation. This would be fine if the people who were picked to talk or add to a discussion were picked based on how little or how much they’ve contributed to the class discussion. Instead people are picked based on when they raise their hands. This model favors those who continually raise their hands or talk for long periods of time and punishes out those who have a short comment to make or those who do not speak up as much.
I have found myself putting down my hand because an individual was speaking for more than 15 minutes. In this way the class only hears the ideas and opinions of a few individuals. This seems like such a waste since the diversity in Metropolitan State University is one of the schools strong points. But when you let a few individuals monopolize that aspect of the class you are not utilizing that strength. Not to mention that white males and males in general tend to be more out spoken, so what you’re really getting in that monopolized model is a perspective of white male privilege. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve heard enough —let someone else speak for a change.