On Tuesday morning, professors noticed that a portion of their students had stopped raising their hands in class. At first, they attributed it to the students’ lack of sleep, but the trend continued in afternoon classes. A team of researchers looked into the matter, resulting in a startling discovery: the common factor uniting these students was their Baptist denomination.
Upon further investigation, it was revealed that these Baptist students felt raising their hands drew too much attention towards themselves and distracted those who did not have questions from focusing on the lecture. One student commented that he felt that there were better ways to express his desire to ask a question, such as talking to the professor after class or staring intently until the professor noticed. He also mentioned that he had to confront a couple of his classmates – in love, of course – about their incessant and “charismatic” hand-raising.
“I understand that everyone has different styles of asking questions,” he said. “But, waving your hand back and forth? It can’t be a genuine question if you have to do that.”
Another student in this movement commented that sometimes, if she really felt compelled to ask something, she might rest her elbow on the desk and raise her hand just to eye level.
“I don’t go to class to stare at the back of someone’s hand,” she said. “Really, it’s a courtesy to those around me. We’re all students trying to learn in a conducive environment.”
These students set an example for others to follow: really think about whether the lecture prompted your hand raise or if it was your own need for attention.
Amy Armstrong is a contributor to The Daily Runner.