To the Editor:
In his piece “On Classroom Etiquette,” Chad Simon ’16 seems to forget the point of discussion sections and of college in general. Contrary to what Simon may believe, not all students arrive with a flawless grasp of philosophy and a talent for public speaking. When one of his peers says that they are “not remotely qualified to say this,” they are entirely correct and honest, but their thoughts are valid to the extent they advance their own education and that of the group. They trust that their classmates will allow them to make mistakes and tackle new ideas as best they can — a trust that Simon has now violated. Perhaps he could help his classmates rise to his intellectual heights by thoughtfully responding to their “jabber” and letting us all learn from his opinions.
Mentioning irrelevant online articles to prove the value of your laptop is, however, just plain annoying.
Patrick Orenstein ’18