A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye - http://chronicle.com/article/Do-Them-No-Favors-Tell-Them/128583/ It begins with a story about a group of students who designed a survey that included this question: "On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree), do you feel that dyeing your hair purple helps your self of steam?" I laughed and I wondered how they came to such a conclusion. How have they not heard the correct term? Do we communicate so that they can hear us? Wouldn't the "hover generation" know the term self- esteem? Do we take an opportunity like this one to correct students' thinking and to hear their logic behind "self of steam" o r is it easiest just to chalk this up to naivety? Actually this cleverly written article has raised many issues to think about as this semester begins.
What are they thinking?
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