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Everybody should be treated equally in spite of digging into caste and creeds. Professors are the spiritual parents. No doubt they are the leaders as well as care taker but sometimes professor favoritism causes hurdle towards success. Actually favoritism is the unfair special treatment to one person at the cost of other. Professor favoritism may have positive as well as negative effects. Similarly it may be in a positive or in a negative way. Sometimes professor may favor a student or group of student because they may lack confidence or they may be weak in studies. To keep them in equal pace with the rest of the students they give them special care and attention. These acts of kindness make a great change in student’s life as they are passing through the learning stages. Little attention from professors boosts their confidence and helps them in improving their personality.
On the other hand favoritism without any reason cast negative effect on student personality. It creates jealousy and hatred in hearts towards the favorites. Jealousy and hatred once creeps in children’ results in fights it may be verbal, physical or both. Less favored kids may feel insecure and inferior when favorites are around. These feelings will keep them away from life, they may often refuse to participate in activities that helps in reshaping personalities.
Because of these ill feelings professors are diving them away from life instead of creating love and respect in their hearts they are acting as troublesome. Similarly favoritism make a student’s proud and encourage them to show off. It makes them overconfident and in some cases ill mannered.
Story of Joseph is based on favoritism: He was the most favored child among all that’s why His brothers tried to kill him but fortunately a mercantile passed and the brothers’ plan was changed and he was sold instead of being murdered.
Professors should treat all students equally and fairly. But it’s human nature people fancy things over others and treat them in a special way. But when we talk about grades, education, student career and personality, favoritism is answerable. It is a common practice in most education institutes some students get better grades as compared to others. But we are always helpless to rectify or justify it. This favoritism on one side helps a few students but causes hundreds of students to slip through cracks.
This issue cannot be end up at once. It demands great effort and participation from students, parents and high authorities. All students are created equal and no student deserves to be left behind.
I want to share my story to let you know about my experience. I was always being a professor’s favorite. It helps me a lot in evaluating and shaping my personality. It encourages me to participate in all functions, boosts up my confidence and helps in increasing my knowledge to keep myself in their good books. It not only helps in building my personality but also helps a lot in my academic career. I always got good grades.
But on the other hand sometimes I feel some of my class fellows have jealousy regarding me. They became rude with me off and on. These feelings were creating negative effects over their personality.
Professor favoritism has both pros and cons in their own way. But for an ideal professor to create an ideal and learning environment for students he\she must treat all students equally and fairly to make them best human beings. This environment will not only lead towards a better student career but also earn a good name for institute as well as for country.
Wed, 2011-09-07 14:26#2
Favoritism is a part of life.
Favoritism is a part of life. You will always find some people that you immediately like and some not so much. In educational institutions, like you said, favoritism has its ups and downs. But, honestly I see more ups. Every student should strive to study hard and be a good student. Some students do get jealous, but at some point hopefully they do get motivated. Also, there are good students who are favorites of professors and then there are sucks ups. There is a difference. Anyway, thanks for sharing your personally experience here. I think professors can have favorites. But, they should take care not to undermine other students and give extra attention to their favorites.
Tue, 2012-06-26 12:01#3
We all love something and we
We all love something and we compromise for that someone or something, but grades have to fair. When someone goes after a professor to bring his coffee everyday and carries his bags and walks his dog, well, that person will surely have higher grades, but when you all look the same to him, he will grade you fairly.
It is OK to like a professor more than another. It is OK to like just one professor, but is not OK to be his man.
I had many colleagues that did it like that and had higher grades, until we all stood up and asked why. The teacher was shocked and had no answer. I had my favorite teachers, put I never smiled back and stuff like that. I loved what they thought and how they did it, so I learned every lesson just for fun. I never asked for anything in exchange. And my grades were not always the best, and they I understood that he graded me fairly.
I miss those times because now at work I have the same type of colleagues that need to stand up and be seen, so the principal will do them some favors. Well, bad for them because I like my job and teaching is what I will do for the rest of my life.
Wed, 2012-08-08 18:49#4
Although I don't feel that
Although I don't feel that professors are required to like all of their students equally, nor do I think they are the "spiritual parents" of the educational world, I do understand kind of what you are saying. As a teacher, I would just like to say that it is very easy to fall into the trap of liking a certain group or type of students more than others, though. Just like regular life, there are always going to be people that you don't get along with. In college, there are often students that just do not even want to be in the class that they are taking, and their behavior and personality truly reflects that. They will argue with the teacher despite having no reason to, and will sometimes be overly aggressive. Teachers are more likely to favor students that take interest in the course, and actually participate over someone who is aggressive, and seems to have no interest in the topic. If a professor is showing favoritism due to sex, appearance, or religion, obviously that is a completely different story. I am not saying that it is okay to be biased against any individual or another, but I do understand how a professor could foster one person's development over another's if they really wanted it.