Yes they’re a pain, but classroom rules exist for a reason

Shanel Royal

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Be quiet. No texting during class. Don’t be tardy. 

These are some of the expectations teachers have of students. Still, some people choose to ignore the rules. Browsing the Internet and holding side conversations are disruptive and rude. Your Twitter followers will survive an hour without seeing your tweets.

The classroom is a place for learning. Our tuition and fees are higher than ever for the same courses. We need to get the most value out of our education, and disruptions make that harder to do.

“I get distracted super easily if someone is sitting in front of me with Facebook up,” said junior nursing major Jenna Vestal. “A girl in one of my classes was posting statuses on Facebook every five seconds and everyone around her was reading her statuses and she had no idea.”

Not only is texting or tweeting in class disruptive, but a 2012 study by the National Communication Association found students who text in class are less attentive – which could mean they learn less.

Criminal justice professor Shelby Moffatt does not allow cellphones on while he is teaching. He said discipline is important in the field of law enforcement.

“If you cannot stay focused, stay calm (and stay) relaxed without a phone, then you are in the wrong program,” he said.

Some think students do not consider school to be a job when they should.

“(Students) should understand that the classroom time is like their work. That’s their job right now. So do it as if you were going to work and you wanted your employer to think highly of you instead of being rude and walking out,” said criminal justice professor Jimmy Martinez.

Then there’s the one-minute-to-go-zipper-shuffle at the end of class when the professor desperately tries to shout the rest of the lecture over the sound of the rush to the door.

“Usually one person starts and then it causes a cascade because everyone feels like they are going to get out first,” said junior nursing major Ariel Morrell.

Professors state policies in their syllabi for a reason. A few hours a week of undivided attention isn’t a lot to ask. So next time you’re tempted to check your Facebook in class, don’t. Pay attention to the lecture you’re paying a lot of money for instead.