“There are many out there that condemn technology for the encompassing grasp it seems to have taken on the youth of today,” said a recent Foghorn editorial. And this has been repeatedly said for good reason. When certain newspaper writers report that they are “not sure how long [they] could last without [their] trio of technology,” I become scared for humanity. What on earth do people do when the power goes out? I recall a fond memory during my freshman year when the power went out in Hayes-Healy.
Our floor ended up having an improvised sing-along around a battery-powered lamp that acted essentially as our campfire. Aside from mandatory meetings, it was the first and only time I had seen all of my floor-mates in the same place just simply hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.
Alas, I digress; I would like to confront the issue of the “need” for technology in class. In the February issue of the Foghorn, our lovely Editor-in-Chief — Heather Spellacy — wrote an article on this very issue. In her piece, she believes it is “completely ridiculous that professors continually limit or even condemn the use of technology in the classroom.” Her argument can be summarized by a few points.
First, she mentions that she would like to check her Facebook and read her favorite blogs in class because the professor is only summarizing the readings that were assigned. Second, she notes that typing is much easier than writing hand-written notes until her hand cramps up. Finally, she states that since we pay such high tuition here at USF, we should be given the right to do whatever we please, including surfing the web while in class.
You’re right, Heather, we do pay a ridiculously high tuition. Did you know that we pay roughly $5,000 per 4 unit class? I’m glad that you find it worthwhile to waste that $5,000 by participating in the self-absorbed world that we know as Facebook. I think you would do well to follow your own affirmations, and pay attention in class because it is worthwhile. In addition, if the professor is boring, and just restating what you’ve already read from the textbook, than what if you took the time to close your laptop, and ask clarifying questions to your professor. I am sure that he or she would be happy to supplement the boring lecture they are giving by adding to the material.
But by throwing in the towel, and saying that the class is worthless, you are essentially making it worthless. As a student, you have power too.
If you are having trouble writing all the notes then there is an amazing organization here on campus called the Student Disabilities Services. If you feel that you have a disability (your hand may have a unique condition), you should ask for assistance! If they do not accept your claim, then what if you collaborated with other students in class, to try and combine notes so that you make sure you obtain all the material. If you are obsessed about having your notes clean, then what better way to supplement your college learning experience than by re-writing those notes on your Macbook. Not only can you get extra studying in, but you can fulfill your need for cleanliness at the same time.
I would now like to address your final argument regarding how we should have the freedom to do what we please in the classroom because of the amount of tuition we pay. I completely agree. I would like to be free from the absurd distraction of having to see what your status is on Facebook, or what your favorite blog is saying about current popular culture. Simply put, it is a distraction. I am here to learn, not indulge in other people’s private internet life. Please, USF, let me keep my sanity.
Samuel David Owens is a junior psychology major.
Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta
Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino