I’m not one to need a silent classroom, but every so often my class of students would get a bit too loud. Two or three times, without thinking about it, I would say, in a very raised voice, “BE QUIET!!!”Â And then I’d laugh at myself. In trying to get the room to be quieter I’d added quite a bit to the noise. Not really the most efficient way to go about doing things.
I thought about this yesterday with the media world buzzing menacingly right now. There’s a whole lot of unsubstantiated finger pointing going on that looks a lot like “YOU EXPLETIVE! STOP YOUR EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE VITRIOL!!” (because vitriol is the word of the week). Which is often followed by an explanation about how open minded and civil the speaker is.
It’s like beating someone up so they’ll be nice. Is it really solving anything? Or is it just yelling in a noisy room?