In the past 24 hours I have received 21 emails from perturbed students who are taking the class for which I am a teaching assistant. These ranged from the unassertively sweet message to the personal attack. The students noticed a mistake in their online reading quiz, which cost them an insignificant point in a lightly weighted category. These are the students in my Book of Mormon classes at Brigham Young University.
I responded humbly to these complaints, as I truly had committed an error in creating the quiz. However, I am a student myself and was shocked at the animosity I saw in these emails from my peers.
Through this experience I have seen people forgo their integrity and social awareness for the sake of a singular point on a practically meaningless quiz. I beg readers to be wary of their behavior toward others, regardless of how incompetent a person may seem. Rather than question a TA’s grammatical education or stage a Bible bash to get the grade, I would urge readers to consider alternative methods.
I would remind us all that a polite word is often more effective than a personal attack, and that nobody is perfect.
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