Cursing in the classroom surprises students
Swearing in a lecture accepted, but not preferred
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 21:10
Students may be surprised when they hear an occasional curse word dropped in the classroom from professors, making students wonder if it is socially acceptable to swear in class. Linguistics professors point to students for the apparent upsurge in cursing, as the younger generation chooses to incorporate more slang into conversation than ever before. This might cause a chain-reaction for professors to curse in class, which often makes them think they appear more relatable.
Although there are no set rules at a public university as to whether or not a professor should curse, it is up to that instructor to ethically choose to do so. Cursing in the classroom is a tight line to walk: it has to be done right, appropriately and effectively. Sometimes, a professor can seem more approachable when he or she is lecturing a class and weaves curses in his or her speech. Accordingly, professors who curse in class sometimes seem more authentic as people, rather than just authority figures determining your grades.
It undeniably catches students’ attention and throws them off guard when hearing curse words, rather than listening to the monotonous classroom etiquette. Professors may think that they stimulate a different response from students if they swear during a lecture, provoking students to participate in the discussion. At the same time, it is not surprising that some students are upset after they hear a professor curse. It can be uncomfortable for those who do not approve, but most people are apathetic to it.
In general, cursing in class depends on the context and the professor. A professor should never curse at the students or use derogatory swear phrases. Instructors should find some way to intelligently integrate swear words in their lectures. Regardless, cursing in the classroom is generally acceptable, but it all depends on the professor’s character.